I continued with tradition until I got too busy in college to worry about it, and I haven’t picked it back up since then. But on Monday I was looking through my latest Quilting Arts Magazine and thinking about what questions I’d have for my upcoming year. I always have several projects on my plate, in addition to spending time with my kids, my husband, and my friends. I asked myself: In a year, will I make time for more art? I enjoy working with ribbon, sewing clothes, and making quilts, but I don’t always feel I leave enough time to play with color and design. Somehow I feel guilty when I sit down without producing something that I feel is “useful.”
The last time I gave myself permission was, goodness, before our second daughter was born 7 years ago! I made this art quilt after coming back from the AQS quilt show in Paducah, Kentucky. I had taken a class from a quilt artist and loved it. I finished my wall quilt from that class at home:
While I feel my hair bows are small pieces of art, and that the clothing I design and sew (and sometimes hand-dye) is also artistic, I need to spend more time with an art journal, a sketch book, and some dyes, paints, organic cotton ribbon and fabrics that aren’t necessarily going to become a specific, finished project. To do this, I’ll have to give myself the time and permission to play.
So, me of this year to me of next year: Did you spend time developing your art? I’ll have to tune in next year.