This past year I have not created as much as I did previous years and I have had some setbacks with efforts to teach and show my work. I'm hoping for a more positive response to my classes this next year so that I can pursue my goal of teaching to a wider audience in some form. Whether that is on a national teaching circuit or on-line or even by writing a book, I want to take it to the next level over the next few years.
I have learned this year that I really love creating abstract collages and I would like to share my process by teaching or writing. Actually I currently have an article I wrote about my color wheel series of small 12" x 12" collages that will be published in Machine Quilting Unlimited in May of 2016. I think there is more to my process than what I can share in the magazine article so I may be able to write and teach about it in more depth. That series of work has also been accepted to a national quilt show as a special exhibit in fall of 2016 so that is also very exciting!
At this point in my art "career" I need to move to a new phase. What I have been doing has been somewhat successful but is not moving me forward. It is all a bit stagnant at the moment. A new gallery is my current goal and I will be checking them out next month in Bozeman, Montana. Wish me luck!
Making these small collages solidified to me that I love color and the collage process. My earliest pieces as an art quilter were collage and since then I have done many of them although I have also experimented with some whole cloth pieces, some long narrow strip quilts ( "Strata Quilts") and even some landscapes. Right now the collage style seems to be what I am inspired to do. And inspiration is key to my productivity so for now that is what is coming out of the studio!