I'm back, but not with coffee but a mug of lemon ginger tea. This past Sunday I wrote out a curriculum for studio time. I've done this several times before and although I rarely complete the course, it is due to me jumping off onto my own rhythms. Having a curriculum brings intent and focus instead of waking up every morning undecided and loosely hodge podging something together for the day that doesn't continue the next day.
On Monday I woke up with a upper respiratory and throat irritation and was in bed most of the day. Today I'm feeling better and am ready to begin. Here is what I'm going to focus on:
- Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) and Zentangles (I see these as complimentary) and will use Leah Day's videos as a resource and the book Zentangle A Day by Beckah Krahula
- Piecing: Expanding the Basics by Ruth McDowell
- The Crocheter's Skill-building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein
- Mixed Media Portraits by Pamela Carricker
When I did this before I called it Learning Curves. I think I'll call it Karoda University School of Art.
I've divided my days into AM and PM segments leaving room for experimenting and deep porch sitting. For May, I'll do gel plate printing and just as soon as I finish typing this and playing a few rounds of Puzzly Words, I'm going to mix up the ingredients for the plate. I'm making one that will be plasticized. It doesn't have to be kept in the fridge and is pretty much permanent. I've only made the one which has to be kept in the fridge so I'll let you know how it turns out.
I've also been rolling around the idea of starting a YouTube channel for crochet and with some art quilting thrown in. Since the Hubster can't stop watching MSNBC, (has this not been the most grueling, painful, and LONGEST campaign season ever?!!! This is the one that has broken me of calling myself a political junkie; although I've turned my sights to following our evil minion of a governor....the first Pub in 40 years and boy is he all of a mess up one side and down the other) (that was a pretty long interjection in this sentence) I've taken up watching YouTube videos. Most of them are yarn head type videos and there are tons of them with knitters. Not enough crocheters and its been a while since I've had a tech challenge (Mo and Ade would say I'm challenged by using my smart phone, but I beg to differ). And it seems like another way of putting myself out there for a chance to connect with folks who share the same interests and renew some presentation skills that have languished since I've been out of the world of employment now. I really have a lot of time on my hands and I have everything I need to create the art I want to create. It is a miracle after all the years of working 2-3 jobs and 60-70 hour work weeks.
I'm listening to a pretty cool podcast called Crafty Planner. I started from episode 1 and am up to 17. She has focused on diversity within the Modern Quilt movement and I've been introduced to some pretty hip young women and men. It is good studio listening. Check it out.
And in closing...Alonzo Davis sent me an email yesterday saying our collaborative piece received a red dot!!!!!! That did my heart good!