Well, it has been two months since I completed the Artist Trust EDGE professional development program.
In September, I participated in a group show at the Seattle Design Center with fellow EDGE participants Virginia Wilcox (my fabulous Port Townsend roomie), Philip Donohue, Danielle Foushee, Jennifer Loomis, Flynn Bickley, Laurie Fronek, Kim Tinuviel, and Suzanna Leigh.
In October, I was invited to be in the “Line and Space” show at Baas Gallery, where I have shown my work for many years. This was the perfect show for me because I didn’t have to frame any of my work.
I also went to Chicago on a gallery-finding mission, and spoke with John Park, artist and part-owner of the Park Schreck Gallery in Wicker Park. I broke an EDGE rule and did a cold call, but John was gracious enough to take some time to look at the mini-portfolio I brought with me for the trip. I visited the Flat Iron Arts Building, but sadly, missed their open studio night. If I go back to Chicago, I want to check out the galleries in the Pilsen neighborhood.
The next step for me, which I think many of my cohorts accomplished during our week at Centrum, is to figure out what it is that I want to do with my work. At EDGE, I thought that I would like to have my images licensed to be used on other things — fabric, in particular. At the moment, though, I don’t feel obsessed with this idea, so I am questioning if that is what I really want. I need to spend some time with my 2013 Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market to see if I can get inspired. I have a fairly large inventory of prints done before my two-year sabbatical (2008 – 2010), and am now trying out some new ideas and techniques, building a new body of work. I think I will have a better idea of what I want to do once I have a larger body of new work that I am excited about.
After spending more time at the studio, my priority is to learn to document my images professionally myself. To that end, I purchased a camera that is way beyond my skill level from Virginia (mentioned above). I used to have my work photographed by Nancy Hines at the University of Washington, in their classroom support services department, but that department has either closed or stopped offering that service, so now I am on my own. Hopefully I can bribe Virginia, Jennifer or Kim to come help me out!!
Once I am properly inspired, I will write my art business plan, based on my business plan that I made for my massage practice.
And that is my official update. I feel a little better, now, it actually looks like I have done something since the end of August.