Saturday, December 15, 2007

So Much Joy


(above: Holiday postcards)

In  2007 I've learned that I love the processes for surface design and I tend to like expanses of cloth versus cutting it up into small pieces to reconnect.  I have at least one workshop lined up for next year that will cover surface design and one self-driven one, but there are 2-4 more I'd like to take also.  One of them is filled already with a waiting list and I'm number 9 on it.  I'm going to send on the wave of prayer a deposit (non-refundable) for another one.  The 3rd and 4th one I'm taking a wait and see approach. Also lined up for 2008 will be at least 4 months of studio time with 3 of them continuous.   

Here is my agenda for next year:

1. Continue working through Complex Cloth

2. Work through the DVD on Deconstructed Screen Printing by Kerr Grabowski

3. Take a Surface Design workshop with Juanita Yeager

4. Rent studio time at MACA

5. Renew SAQA membership, KHQS, LAFTA, Sankofa, & The Quilting Show.

6. Produce 4-5 quilts that I feel super-great over.

Additional Wish LIst:

7. Workshops w/ Bob Adams, Hollis Chatelain, Caryl Bryer Fallert, or Claire Benn/Leslie Morgan (putting it in the hands of God...actually putting it all in the hands of God)

8. Improvisational Printing, Breakdown Printing, Painted Quilts, and Finding Your Own Visual Language are the only textile books I'm going to commit to buy next year.

A few posts down I wrote of waiting on some news. IT IS OFFICIAL! None of this quilt dreaming would be possible without the funding from Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist's Enrichment Grant!  I woke up one morning, a few days before the deadline back in early September, with the knowing that I deserved to ask for the funding to support my work and spent the entire day pulling together my proposal.  It was liberating to feel that strong and dedicated about what I want to acheive, without doubt.  Also, its such a blessing and great honor to become an extension of the vision and mission of the Foundation.  Its vital for an artist to say "I AM" before she can expect anyone to say "THOU ART"...get it, thou ART...okay, so much for my attempt at being clever.  But raise your ice cream bowls (mine is filled with a pomegrante sherbert) in celebration with me!


  1. Congratulations!!! You definitely deserve the grant and I hope your studio time will be enriching and productive. I love your list of goals for 2008. Very do-able, yet not at all the easy way out.

  2. hey, no sherbet here, just plain ice and it is everywhere outside. but my arms are raised up and i am howling for you. and that is quite a list!

  3. Congratulations on the grant. You have some list of goals set. I know you wouldn't have set them if you didn't think you could do it. Best wishes.

  4. kudos!!!! I exalt on your behalf (hand injury took a while to type this)

  5. Congratulations! I must admit to becoming more and more intrigued by complex surfaces, though the techniques often still frighten me... I'll anjoy living vicariously from your pics though :-)

  6. You can consider me a member of your Hallelujah Choir!
    Thou ART indeed! Bowl Raised.

  7. Congratulations, I'm so happy for you, and it is well-deserved. I was fascinated reading your list of goals for the year, seems like we will be focusing on similar things. I'm hoping Santa puts Jane D's Visual Language book under the Christmas tree, I was VERY specific about that one!
    I hope your holidays are happy, and that you post often about your work. I do enjoy reading about your life and work.

  8. Woo Hoo Karoda! Who could possibly deserve it more? I am going to break out the Haagen Dazs in your honor! Fabulous news - I am so happy for you.

  9. Karoda, can you hear the hallelujah chorus celebrating your news! This is fantastic. More in my blog post later

  10. You go girl - I will be keeping my eye on you and your blog and keep0ing wonderful creative thoughts for you. We are both of a like mind in the direction we are taking in our work. Wish we could spend some time together.

  11. This is such AWESOME news! You absolutely deserve to not only ask, but to receive, the grant. I can't wait to see the work that comes out of all of this.

  12. Congratulations! You are so deserving. I admire that you stepped out there and asked for what you needed. I would love to have an ongoing conversations about working through various surface design techniques. I am currently working through The Painted Quilt. Congrats again on your success. Peace! (piece) Deborah

  13. How wonderful! What a great reinforcement of your creativity and inspiration to do to more. A Christmas gift that will keep on giving (and receiving) as you continue to achieve your goals!

  14. I just finished my bowl of fat free sugar free chocolate pudding: hope that counts!
    Your goals are great. We seem to be on a parallel course: perhaps our paths will cross in ' wouldn't that be fun!
    Oh, and yes: THOU ART!!!

  15. Oh Yay! What wonderful news--and I think that the "I AM" is just as exciting as the "THOU ART."
    Bravo to you--raising a cup of chai in salute!

  16. Congratulations on your grant! What great, great news!

  17. Kudos! Congratulations! and a happy dance!
    I'm just getting caught up with my reading of blogs after being away from home for 3 weeks. I hope you're feeling well and ready to "get on with it" soon. Happy New Year!