Jess Hutch.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

thank you

After some deliberation during the holidays, I've decided to stop blogging, at least in the usual sense. I'll still be using this url as a kind of "update" about stuff I'm involved with (shows, shops, whatnot), but I probably won't be posting more than every few months or so.

It's been a really interesting three years. When I started this blog in February of 2005 I had no idea what to expect... I wanted to participate in Loobylu's Month of Softies (ah... memories), and wanted to have some outlet for my seemingly obscure toy-making obsession... and things just rolled from there. I eventually got some outside interest in my knitted toys; created a pattern booklet due to popular demand; then realized that offering patterns wasn't what I wanted or needed creatively or personally; got involved with several really great art shows at fantastic galleries that support toy art and the art/craft overlap; and most importantly, got in contact with so many wonderful, amazing, absolutely spectacular fellow artists from all over the world. It's been marvelous. It has helped me grow as a craftsperson and artist and has helped me develop more confidence in my abilities. Before this blog, I never showed any of my creative work to anyone.

Lately I've found myself wanting to make stuff just to make it, not necessarily to show to anyone, and not to seek response. Not that there's anything wrong with wanting feedback - I just feel the need to be a bit more private when it comes to my creative work, at least while I work out what it is I'm trying to accomplish with all of this. At the risk of sounding pretentious, I think I'm going through a creative transition of some kind and want to figure out what it's all about. I'm really enjoying myself and I'm enjoying keeping a lot of it in my head for the time being. Then at some point it'll burst out of me and I'm sure I'll want to show it to the world... after I clean up the mess, of course. Heh.

That said... over the next few months I'll be gearing up for my very first solo show, at Schmancy in Seattle. Kristen Rask, who owns the store and curates its shows, is the gal behind Plush You!. The opening will be on May 9, 2008, and if you live in the area, please stop by to say hi. I'll be showing some toys, I'm sure, and what else... we'll have to see! I'm so excited to explore new options.

I will still be posting images to flickr from time to time, whenever I feel like I want to share stuff, and again, I'll do an "update" post here now and again to tell you about anything I might be involved with of a public nature. And I'll also have my etsy shop going. Thank you so much for your continued interest in my work. It has meant the WORLD to me.

Love,
Jess

15 Comments:

At 9:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jess, you got the recognition and praise you justly deserved. We will all miss you, as you have been an inspiration to us all in so many ways. Follow your heart, we only have but one life to live and need to make the best of it while we can. I personally am so grateful to you, thank you for everything, most grateful, and all your efforts much appreciated.

All the very best to you and yours

Faye

 
At 5:53 AM , Blogger RBG said...

I'll miss the more frequent blogging, but look forward to whatever updates you feel like providing. I completely respect the need to keep some of your creative thoughts and pursuits more private, at least for awhile! Good luck on what sounds like a busy first half of '08 and beyond!

 
At 6:42 AM , Blogger Hillary said...

we'll miss you jess! please post on flickr a lot so I can keep track of you ;)

can't wait to see your work for the schmancy show!

xo, hillary

 
At 8:17 AM , Blogger maritza said...

Your feelings are totally understandable - it sounds like you are going through a period of creative transition. Good for you for doing what you need to do. I will miss your blogging but look forward to seeing you on Flickr. I love your work, and you have been a huge inspiration to me. Congrats on the show at Schmancy!

 
At 8:40 AM , Blogger Sorka said...

I will miss you blogging!! Just as much as I miss your book !!! (I know I should be nice and realize it went to charity..but I still miss it!) I hope that you enjoy your new creative time and work out all those visions running around in your head!!
See you later!
Denise
knitchat.com

 
At 8:50 AM , Blogger TheAmpuT said...

You will be missed, but I wish you the best of luck in everything you do, and have blast channeling that creative juice in a way that makes everything spring forth! Best of luck to you!

 
At 9:02 AM , Blogger Amy Jo said...

I've really enjoyed getting a peek at your creations. I cherish your book. Good luck on your show in Seattle and on your creative projects in the future!

 
At 11:12 AM , Blogger sew nancy said...

good luck with all your creative projects in the future
and will love to see your work on flickr when you do feel like sharing.
good for you making a decision that makes you most happy

 
At 5:45 PM , Blogger Kim said...

Awww man! Sad. But happy for you. I can totally see how radio silence might help one's creative growth. Thank you for all that you do!

 
At 9:23 PM , Blogger lisa s said...

hey jess... good for you.....

we need to catch up sometime soon! we still have to do our field trip!

happy new year....

 
At 7:42 AM , Blogger LLA said...

No, sweetpea - thank YOU!!!! For all the inspiration you have provided - for truly, you are an inspiration...

(Seriously. Not to get all scary fan-grrrrl on you here - but you really are the reason that I picked my knitting needles up again after a many year hiatus. And I am rarely without them now, it seems. And, you got me interested in blogging - where I find additional inspiration continually. My life is better for having stumbled across you, and for that I can not say 'thank you' enough.)

< / end scary fan-grrrlness>

I wish you all the best in your future endeavors - and I look forward to seeing what news does come this way...

xo
lla

 
At 6:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Jess, you were one of the real inspirations for me to start my blog, tho I think I might be heading for the same place as you. Take it easy, I look forward to seeing you around!

 
At 2:34 PM , Blogger Dan Goodsell said...

cant wait to see what you come up with next!

 
At 8:28 AM , Blogger Knitroglycerin said...

Hi Jess,

I've lurked for a long time, and I just want to say how much I sympathize with your desire to nurture your creativity in the recesses of privacy. Although neither an artist nor a full-time crafter, I'm not as enthusiastic about blogging as I once was; it takes time away from other things that are more important to me: spending time with loved ones, and, oddly enough, crafting itself!

Good luck down the path you've chosen; I hope you find it helps refocus and recenter you.

 
At 4:45 AM , Anonymous zoom said...

That was the best "I'm stopping blogging" message I've ever read. I hope someday we'll get to see some of the results of your creative incubation.

 

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