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.