7 Lessons I've learned about crafting a creative career

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You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.  --  Mae West

I recently read a great blog post by artist, curator and teacher Sergio Gomez on the 7 lessons he has learned about the art world.  I found myself nodding along as I read through it and decided to add my two cents.  Here are 7 lessons I've learned about crafting a creative career.

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video love :: Madga Sayeg, installation knit artist, yarn bomber extraordinaire


Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. - Steve Jobs

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Making Art


Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. --  Andy Warhol

I'm excited.  I am at the beginning of what I know will prove to be an entirely new line of work.  I am using an upcoming exhibition as an excuse to push these new ideas out of my head and onto the embroidery frame.  The task is daunting.  This new line of work leaped in front of me just three weeks ago and begs to be entirely bead embroidered.  There are no short cuts with this medium.  I sew each bead into place one bead at a time.  By the time I finish, I will have stitched over 20,000 beads and sequins onto a silk substructure. And that's just one piece!  My hands ache and my back hurts, but I feel so incredibly energized!

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it's in the details :: Valentino Couture 2013

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I am especially grateful that I have been able to keep my own style over the decades, in spite
of the many changes that have taken place in the world of fashion and in its business.  
--  Valentino Garavani

I like to knit.  I have a degree in weaving.  But what I really love is embroidery, with or without the beads.  This season no one is adding the embroidered flourishes like Valentino's atelier.  The tweed coat with gold work details is swoon worthy.  The contrast of mannish fabric with the girly gold implies that a woman can hold her own in a man's world, but does so on her own terms.  The coat that turns an every day moment into an event.

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How to Draw an Owl


Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. -- Pablo Picasso

I have to share this set of charming directions on how to draw an owl.  Written and illustrated by my 9 year old neighbor, you will hoot with delight as you draw your own.

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art love :: art made of thread


Invisible threads are the strongest ties.  --  Friedrich Nietzsche

For me, time in the studio ebbs and flows between research and practice.  I'm currently in the research phase.  New 
work is waiting to bubble out and yet I don't know in what form, so I look, I read and I reflect.  I am fascinated by 
materials and the manner in which something simple may become complex...like a single spool of thread.

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art love :: Akiko Ikeuchi : installations of thread and air

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Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to
ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. -- Chief Seattle

Japanese artist Akiko Ikeuchi's art is a delicate balance of knotted silk thread and air.  Her installations are a finely
tuned balance of weight and tension.  These vortices reminiscent of whirlpools, hurricanes, and galaxies illustrate
that life is strong, yet fragile.

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crafting a business :: why I joined the Chicago Craft Mafia.


This post is a reprint from an essay I recently wrote for the Chicago Craft Mafia website.  I repeat it here as I think the concept of networking with your peers is relevant for everyone, whether you are in the crafts or fine arts. Our businesses can only grow from sharing what we know with each other.

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art :: more from the glass prairie

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Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.  --  John Ruskin

Slowly the Glass Prairie grows.  Here are two more flowers - Goat's Rue and Wild Lupine.  
Each flower is made from hundreds of seed beads and wire using the French beaded flower technique.
I made each flower and leaf part separately before assembling them.  

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