I was reading about choosing a word for the year to have a focus for your intentions. I like the simplicity of this idea and chose:
I try to think about this every day and stretch myself just a little bit beyond my comfort zone. It might be staying up a little later to get a sketch in each day, or doing 2 extra push-ups, or trying a new technique in art.
Right now I am really enjoying this post-holiday, post-show time of not having any deadlines or final products in mind. I just want to follow my curiosity and see what develops from that. I've wanted to do a little freeform lettering out of fabric so decided to make a "Reach" sign that I can hang in my studio as a reminder.
I've also wanted to work with velvet for a while. This is a big reach for me as I still remember the nightmares of trying to do more precise sewing with it and having it slip all over. But I can't resist the texture. I made a background for my sign by layering velvet, batting, and cotton backing and freeform stitching on it. The resulting texture, which doesn't come through in the photo, is incredible. I can't stop touching it.
The velvet was so much fun it's given me ideas for a whole new series of velvet "What If's." Got a couple more graffiti ones to finish up, then on to more velvet.
Next I'll be starting an edging exploration around the lettered part of my sign.