In my last blog post (Catching Up), I mentioned about planning my time much more wisely and focusing on what really matters to me. I’ve made a rough plan, this may change and evolve over the next year but in order to hold myself accountable so that I keep going forward, I’ve decided to list them here so I can come back and tell you all how I did!
1. Reducing time on Social Media and making it work better for me – I do social media for a few groups, this is a commitment I can’t give up but neither do I want to give it up at this moment in time. But I do need to make my own Social Media work better for me so I spend less time faffing! So I have decided to delete the Textile Explorations Facebook page, I much prefer Instagram for quick photo posts and blogging for anything which needs more work. If you follow me on FB, please come and follow me on IG but if you really really prefer FB then send me a friend request for my personal page – just be aware it is much quieter than IG!
2. Sorting out my workspace – This has been in the planning for many years but thanks to a wonderful family, we started work last summer and I am now this -><- close to having my own tiny studio! I’ll show you more in a future post.
3. Working on my personal work practice – It’s taken me quite a while to get to the point that I am at now, it’s been a lot of hard work – both practically and mentally (I’m a big thinker – everything gets cogitated over and over!). I am currently doing a series of group and individual mentoring sessions at the Windsor School of Textile Art with Amarjeet Nhandra, this has helped me make huge strides in my work practice and in developing my own voice. The sessions finish soon and I am starting to ponder my next steps. No decisions have been made but I am wondering about taking a break from ongoing courses and focusing on putting what I have learned into practice. There are advantages and disadvantages of whatever I choose to do so I’ll let you know what I finally decide!
4. Photography Skills – I take a lot of photos, the in-progress photos tend to be quick snaps taken close-up. I find these really helpful when I am figuring out my next steps with a piece of work and I also use these a lot on Instagram. But taking photos of finished pieces of work is proving so much harder! How do I show the whole piece but not loose all the detail? So I need to sort out a basic set photography set up and work on my “photographing textiles” skills. Anyone know of a good photographer of textiles who might do a ‘how to’ session?!
5. Exhibiting – I am a member of two exhibiting groups. I joined Traverse in 2018 and have just done my first exhibition with them at The Quilt and Stitch Show, Uttoxeter. Traverse was formed in 2017 by some of the ladies who were on the Experimental Textiles course with me in 2016-2017. After the course finished, I went on to an Advanced Textiles course so it has been great to rejoin these ladies and see how all our work has developed. The second group is much more local to me, I joined the Bath Textile Artists in January 2018 and have just finished my second exhibition with them. Both groups bring different experiences and both help me keep moving on with my work, providing challenges and support as needed. I’m keen to keep working with both groups and use the challenges and support in helping me continue developing my personal work practice.