Good morning and a Happy New Year to all our readers. I hope you’ve had a great holiday!
We’ve had a lovely Christmas in our house, a peaceful time with family, and pretty relaxed for a change. It’s been good to step back and take a break, but I’m easily bored and have been itching to get on with new ideas since around boxing day afternoon. The change of date offers the opportunity for new dreams and to make long term goals, and whether you stick to them or not, it’s good to start off with a plan!
Chatting with my fellow AJE team mates, I discovered we’ve all made plans for 2015, so I asked each of them “what would you like to achieve in the coming year?”
Lesley Watt – “Find my voice! continue to work on more original components (ie use less commercial tools); Go back to basics (metalwork/technique based) with my jewellery and create a more cohesive style; Widen my creative scope…do larger pieces with clay, make books, sketch – think I’ll stop there…”
Jenny Davies-Reazor – “Restart my daily art journal/drawing practice. Focus on mixed media in jewelry to play to my strengths and hone my style. Commit to more reading- the myth and folklore books are piling up and the new inspirations will jumpstart the year. I also resolve to rejuvenate my personal blog”
Lindsay M Starr – “Carve out creative time with my new working schedule. Run my own blog hop challenges. Make it to Bead Fest if medical expenses don’t get in the way. Get into the bit art/craft show in Nashville in the fall, and actually sell enough to make it worth it…. Make more small pieces, primarily for listing on Etsy. Hem 5 pairs of pants instead of letting them drag on the ground…”
Jennifer Stout Cameron – “I am going to learn to draw this year, create a schedule for school and studio that I can manage to squeeze quality time for both. (I’ve been working on that part already). And start daily journaling which I’ve always avoided because it felt like a chore. But I’m starting very small…a few sentences or phrases about the day, plus a small doodle relating to the day.”
Melissa Allford Meman – “Continue trying to find my own voice with metal clay, kiln enamelling, try cloisonné, be more consistent in listing new work, meeting deadlines, etc. I also need to get back to my personal blog!”
Rebekah Payne – “I’m going to be expanding my leather line… SO many ideas for that!! More new critter beads hopefully too. And I’d like to continue making jewelry. I’m not making any huge plans or goals for 2015, mostly I want to maintain what I’m currently doing and get in some more family time… life always seems to have its own ideas, so I don’t like to make plans that are too rigid.”
Karen Totten – “I guess I would have to say I want to get back to daily art journaling like I used to. I would like to get back to painting – maybe in a journal, but in any case, dig out my old paints, pastels, ink, etc. and get back in the habit. I haven’t painted (other than digital) for many many years. I plan to use my lovely sketchbook from Lesley for my 2015 sketching.”
Linda Landig – “I’d like to develop my ceramic skills and start to get a feeling for my personal expression in this media. I plan to explore sketching while in Oaxaca, although I don’t know the first thing about drawing! I also want to continue to develop my wire working skills so I can be making more of my own findings and connectors.”
Diana Ptaszynski – “Hoping to FINALLY experiment with making decorative tiles and wall hangings. I’d also like to play with resin more, learn to sculpt and carve clay and also make more time for metalsmithing again. I miss metalsmithing.”
Susan Kennedy – “My goals are to get more organized, get rid of a bunch of junk cluttering my life, and hopefully that will kickstart some creativity”
Francesca Watson – “I want to work on developing my design skills – moving away from technique-based design and zeroing in a bit more on what my “voice” is. I’d also like to take a drawing course of some kind – I really suck at drawing, and I’d like to be able to do a better job of getting things out of my head and on paper while I’m working. And lastly, I need to continue to work at being more disciplined about my “making” time – scheduling it, protecting it, and making it a priority. As an instructor and business owner, there are a zillion things every day that can feel like higher priorities – I need more balance so I don’t get eaten alive by all the admin”
Kristen Stevens – “This year I have made the decision to complete all of my UFO’s (unfinished objects)”
And for myself? Well I have discovered recently that my passion for ceramics lies in surface decoration, so I want to learn to throw pots for a bigger canvas. I also want to develop my sculpting work, learn new techniques and create larger decorative items. Away from ceramics, I have just ordered a new pastel sketch pad and am determined to make time to get back to drawing. I also have unopened metal clay that I want to try out. So for this year, my resolution is to be more organised, have some kind of structure to my days, and make good use of my time.
And how about you? Our readers… what are your plans for the coming year? We’d love to share your hopes and dreams, let us know in the comments!
And from everyone at Art Jewelry Elements, we wish you a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!