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My 2017 Creative Resolutions

Creative resolution #1 – blog! I guess there’s no better place to start, am I right? So here I am; a new year and a new set of creative resolutions that I am committing to follow through on.

I feel as though I’m at a crossroads of sorts. I’ve always kept my day-job career and part-time crafty endeavours separate which, in the past, has felt like a nice balance. I work full-time as a graphic designer for a private agency and I do a wide variety of design work. I love my job, don’t get me wrong, but I would come home and not want to do more work on the computer. Over the past few years I’ve let go of my freelance clients and focused solely during my evening time to sewing, quilting, knitting, painting, etc. I’ve built a nice little business (Once Upon an Extra Stitch) making quilts, bags, coffee cozies, infinity scarves, etc. and have done fairly well over the years. I love to sew. LOVE to sew. But there is a little piece of me longing to be the person behind the fabric; the person dreaming up the patterns and coordinates, textures and substrates to curate those incredible collections. I’ve got a sketchbook filed with quilt and appliqué patterns. I’ve got another half-dozen sketchbook filed with doodles, sketches and  drawings that I’ve loosely put into themes. But what to do next?

That leads me to a few of my 2017 creative resolutions.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to accomplish all of these items by the end of 2017 but I’m gonna freaking try my hardest! To continue with what I was mentioning above…

Creative resolution #2 – build a solid body of work and create a killer surface pattern design portfolio.

I’ve got all the pieces, and am continually sketching and doodling, now I’ve just got to put them all together. I’ll hit all the major themes eventually, but my favourites have been, and probably will always be abstracts and florals.

Creative resolution #3 – submit completed collections to fabric manufacturers.

There are so many talented surface pattern and textile designers out there in the world. I’ve already done some leg work and have narrowed down my list to a very select few companies who I feel my style would be a good fit for.

Creative resolution #4 – get a quilt pattern published in a magazine (at least one!)

Again with the sketchbook filled with doodles – I’ve got a separate one filled with quilt patterns! I’ve actually finished a quilt for myself using the very first quilt pattern that I sketched, so all I need to do now is make the sketch more formal looking, take some killer pictures and submit! I’m already on my way! Now just need to get a few more done – easier said that done though.

Creative resolution #5 – courses, tutorials & classes

An easy resolution to maintain as I LOVE taking classes. Learning new sewing techniques, different painting techniques, you name it. I’m a very visual learner – I understand and retain better when I can watch a video or a demonstration.

And last but not least…

Creative resolution #6 – make time for ME projects!

I think this is the reason behind why I procrastinate when it comes to some projects. I don’t normally make time for purely selfish sewing so starting this year I’m committing to making time for ME projects – being projects that I want to make for myself, to keep. Same goes for painting, sketching and drawing (to assist with resolutions #2 & 3 above, and just for the sake of being creative). I’m hoping this helps with my motivation when a commissioned quilt feels like its taking FOREVER to finish.

So that’s it in a nutshell. I’m actually looking forward to seeing how far I’ve come at the end of the year, and if I’ve completed all of my resolutions (most of which actually look a lot like personal goals). Wish me luck!

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