"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. "
-- Robert Frost
I've been absent from Serendipity these last few weeks due to a cold. Well, actually it was more like laryngitis that turned into nasty bronchitis before seguing into a mild form of pneumonia. After two rounds of antibiotics, bottles of cough syrup and oodles of naps, I'm finally feeling like myself. While sequestered to my bed, I could hear Mom's voice telling me to slow down. She had been extolling such words long before she passed away. She knew I have this tendancy to bury myself in my work. When one loves what one does, it's difficult to take a break. After all, work doesn't feel like work when you enjoy it. Right?! But when one has been sick three times in a year, it's time to listen.
It's moments like now that I wish I could ring her up to chat. I valued her opinion and sure would love it now. Whenever I felt a bit wobbly about career decisions she would recite Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken with extra emphasis on the last few lines (see above). This year has been amazing. My work has been featured in exhibits across the country and as far as London, all the while receiving numerous reviews. I was a featured artist during Chicago Artists Month and my community work The Red Thread Project® was performed three times, involving well over 1,000 knitters and crocheters of all ages. Truly, it's been an amazing road to travel, but racing down it at full speed has taken its toll.
So what to do, what to do....
I've decided to pull back on my exhibition schedule. There I said it! I need time to pursue my career as a proect designer. I fully plan to continue making and exhibiting art, but I won't take every opportunity given me. I'll be choosy. Fewer shows means more time to reflect upon new work and really give it polish. Less emphasis on finding, securing, shipping and installing exhibits means more time in the studio to experiment. This experimentation will in turn fuel the work I do as a project designer for craft companies. Being choosy means pushing my career toward solo exhibitions in smaller, regional museums. I've missed showing in acadmenic galleries and museums and have it on my list to pursue more of these venues. I also want to show more internationally which is going to require some research.
I put this out there because I must stay to the path I've delineated and not be sidetracked which is incredibly difficult for me to do. These are my New Year's resolutions - to stay focused on new business plan, take more breaks, go on a vacation and spend more time with family and friends. I also have pledged to not end up in the doctor's office again, let alone the ER! It's an apple a day for me!
The image above is of an Etsy treasury I recently curated. Take a look. The work is beautiful. I especially love the chunky cable slip cover for a chair. It makes me want to curl up with a good book which is exactly what I'm going to do right now.