2014 felt like a major turning-point year for me, with lots of little stepping stones that are slowly taking me on the path that I want to be on with my art, and which I plan to continue to follow into 2015.
This was a fantastically successful year sales-wise at the Harbour Grounds coffee shop in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. I am immensely grateful to my sister for all the help that she gives me coordinating sales there (since she lives there and I don’t!). And I am immensely grateful for the support that I receive in Corner Brook. It is such a great feeling when people love your art and want to buy it and bring it into their lives!
The first half of the year was definitely focused on making art. And the second half of the year was definitely focused on showing art. From May through November my piece “Heading West” was on exhibit in Alberta as a part of the juried “Prairies” fibre art show. My piece won a second place ribbon which was very exciting!
October was a super busy month. The group exhibit “Colours Caught in Fibre” opened in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. This was the first show that I organized and pulled together and it was a total learning experience, a lot of work, and a lot of fun. It was a huge deal to me seeing what had been a germ of an idea that my husband put into my head during a casual conversation, becoming reality. When we finished hanging all of the pieces and I looked around the room I knew that it was a fantastic show and I was so happy to have had a chance to exhibit with the other talented ladies from Ontario. That show also gave me a huge confidence boost and showed me that I was ready to approach galleries with my work.
Another huge accomplishment was being selected to be included in the international book ‘Textileart Around the World.” That was big for a number of reasons. Firstly, it continued my ongoing goal to be published in books and magazines etc. And secondly, it accomplished another personal goal to have my goal included with not just other rug-hookers but with other textile and fibre artists. Having that recognition was beyond confidence-boosting and has given me a hint of what can come if I continue to work hard.
October was busy on a few other levels too. I was asked to be a guest speaker at Hooked in the Mountains in Vermont. I always enjoy going to that show and this year was no exception. The conversations that I got to have with several other talented and revered rug-hooking artists were invaluable and have helped to set the tone for my approach in 2015.
Lastly, my daughter and I were selected to participate in the “Kids at Heart” exhibit in Nova Scotia at Swoon Gallery. I still smile when I think about the fact that my seven year old daughter had her art hanging in a gallery. Anything that I get to do with my kids is wonderful in my books and this was definitely a highlight!
While I enjoyed every moment of 2014, I am super pumped that 2015 is here! I have big plans and big dreams and 2014 has set me up well to continue to strive towards my goals. I am so grateful to all of you that follow me and leave me comments and kind words. I hope you will all stick around to see what I get up to this year! 🙂