Well, we’ve all had a pretty rough year in 2017. That said, if I focus just on the personal positives, it’s actually been a pretty good year for me. We bought a house, and I’ve had more fun than I imagined decorating and settling into it. I’ve gotten the chance to explore new aspects of my job, and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has to offer in those regards.
But what I’m most proud of in 2017 is that between a better work-life balance and a new space, I’ve really gotten the chance to put more of myself into weaving. The time I spent at Penland showed me that I’ve barely touched the surface of what I want to do with weaving. I feel more excited working with this art form than I have with any other I’ve explored, so I’ve been trying to put some thought into what that means for me.
What it means right now is that I’ve developed and published a new website: kellywoveit.com Don’t worry, this one isn’t going anywhere! I love the history I have on it, and the sheer randomness of topics I can include here. But I realized that as a representation of actual art I’ve created, it’s a bit hectic. I wanted somewhere that functioned more as a portfolio or gallery, where its easy to see at a glimpse what I’ve been working on, and where the art can somewhat speak for itself. This blog will continue to be a place where I can share in-progress photos and personal life details, but if you want to just look at some pretty pictures the new site will be the place to go.
It also means I’m curious about what the world of professional art looks like. There are so many aspects I’m unfamiliar with, and I don’t even know what I want to do, but I definitely want to know more. Do you participate in the professional art world? I want to talk to you! I’ve had plenty of experience selling online and in craft fairs/conventions, but I don’t know anything about selling in retail stores. Or how do galleries work? I don’t even know if I want to do any of that, but I want to know about it.
In addition to practical knowledge, I want 2018 to be a year where I push myself. This last year I proved that I can whip up a rayon scarf in no time at all, and there is nothing wrong with that. They are fun, and bright, and colorful and safe. But in the next year I want to explore more complex techniques. I want to continue experimenting with ondulé; I absolutely loved the effects I was getting with that class at Penland and I want to do more. I want to finally create cloth I sew with and finish a garment out of my own woven cloth (yes, I’ve been saying that for the last two years – BUT THIS WILL BE THE YEAR.) I want to play with wall hangings and large format pieces. I want to tell a story.
In other goals, I’m looking forward to a more permanent garden. I want to continue to grow and beautify my space with my partner. I want to build friendships. I want to improve the world around me in whatever ways I can.
So, here’s to 2018! For me, the year of art, life, love. What will your year be?