2018 – It Seems We Just Got Started

In five more days 2018 will be no more. It’s time for me to reckon with what I’ve done, and what I will move forward to 2019.

Rather than tally up the number of quilts I’ve made I want to review goals I had set myself, and talk about the directions my work has taken.

Here’s what I said I hoped to accomplish in 2018:

For 2018 I want to work more with photographs, and will be taking an online course in using Photoshop Elements.

I did indeed take the first two units of the Pixeladies’ Photoshop online course, and learned tons. Alas, I’ve forgotten much of it already, but have found it so worthwhile in editing photos of my work and prepping photos for printing on fabric. I hope to complete a quilt in 2019, made with photos I took.

I also took Kyric Kinard’s Abstract-a-licious online course and came away with a few possible quilt designs. I took no in-person classes this year, probably because nothing offered locally or regionally appealed.

In surface design, I want to play with gelli plate monoprinting and cyanotype printing.

The monoprinting never happened, though the cyanotype printing did, using inherited crocheted bits. I played around with spray paint to make prints of placemats on pattern eze, and experimented with making spray paint from Derwent Inktense blocks.

I plan to spend more time looking at art in general, rather than confine myself to quilted art. … My local art museum offered a year’s free membership, which I signed up for, so maybe trips there will spark ideas.

I ended up buying membership in my local museum and enjoyed two intense trips there with family and friends. I took in the Yayoi Kusama immersive exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

I need to find new homes for my work.

A cousin was happy to take many of my quilts off my hands. She’ll distribute them to interested family members. It turned out she likes modern quilting. Who knew?

I’d like to exhibit more in non-quilt show venues. … I have to decide if I want to take on the organization of an exhibit for area art quilters, or even if there’s interest in such exhibits.

I was thrilled to have my work accepted in an all media local art show, and even more thrilled to win first place. I had less success with other juried shows I entered, but did have pieces juried into the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza and the Pacific International Quilt Festival.

I learned that a local art organization is interested in putting on an art quilt exhibit, but it’s still just a twinkle in the director’s eye. I have my fingers crossed.

Rather make this post even longer, I’ll postpone discussion of what I made and the directions I took in my work to a future post a few days from now.

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6 responses to “2018 – It Seems We Just Got Started

  1. You seem to have met your primary goals–and exceeded some of them. That has to be great feeling–and it’ll set you up well for 2019!

    • Certainly I don’t feel guilty about not meeting this, that, or the other goal. It’s probably obsessive to have, well, I’ll call them intents rather than goals. However, they keep me from spending all my time just petting my fabric.

  2. Sounds like a good year so far. Best wishes for 2019!

  3. It helps me to review how I got from one point to another, and it’s interesting to read others’ reviews, too. I’m about to start writing a bit about my year, too. Thing to consider for me include what was or wasn’t done, and why and how I feel about it, and how that might change my future. Thanks for sharing some of your year with us. I’ve really enjoyed the Artistic Endeavors series, even when I haven’t commented.

    • The odd thing for me about looking back over a year’s worth of work is it makes it seem there was more planning to it than there actually was. I’m glad you enjoyed Artistic Endeavors. I had fun sussing out interesting websites.

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