I'm still buzzing from my amazing experiences in Los Angeles at the Stitch Fetish 4 show opening. Hell, yeah!
Sometimes it's hard to convey the bifurcated reality of my life as a working artist. I have a full time corporate job. I hustle like a mofo when I'm in my beige cubicle. It's fine. The work is dull to me but I take is seriously. It allows me to support myself. It's nothing fancy, but I'm out here alone in the world. I'm not a spring chicken and I'm terrified of being broke, which is always looming as a possibility. I don't have a net.
So yes, I'm grateful for the work, but damn, it's so isolating. Lonely.
The opposite of my time in LA with the other textile artists!
The Stitch Fetish curator,the indomnible LA-based artist, Ellen Schinderman, collected erotic stitched art from around the world and several artists themselves from around the country to opening at the Hive Gallery. And I got to be one of them!
What a joy it was! What wonderful conversations I had with my fellow thread artists... about process, creativity, craft, ideas. In person!
I talked stitching into photographic paper with Matthew Monthei. Transfer techniques with Rebecca Levi and Ellen Schinderman. Fabric with the amazing Michelle Kingdom. And I got to talk to and see the stunning work of Emma Rose Laughlin, who (along with Michelle Kingdom) I've interviewed for my Inspired to Stitch column for Mr X Stitch.
Making art is something that requires lots of time alone. I'm energized from the weekend connecting with these artists. Creatively, personally, artistically.
I have 10,000 ideas for new work, new projects, new columns, new making adventures. I'm so grateful to Ellen for creating that wonderful emotional space for us to all connect. And to my friends, Frank and Jody, for sharing the experience with me.