probably the greatest thing for me is when i see other artists get excited about using something i made in their own work. that’s really always been a thing with me. from way back when in the early 80’s working with the owners & designers at the 1928 Jewelry Company, to Trifari, Eisenberg, Avon and Tupperware (to name drop a few) i’ve always added value and style to the work of others. part of it is just the practical fact that i found i could make a living doing it and part of it is that i like to ignite the embers of creativity in others.
having just finished up the recent quilt show here in Long Beach, i was thrilled to have made the acquaintance of a few more artists and designers who made a beeline for the ribbon with ideas of their own- inspired only by the color and texture of the silk and their own imaginations- what-iffing along the way. i just packaged up a lovely order for Judith Baker Montano whose silk crazy quilting is world renowned. you know when someone just hones in on the best without hesitation and a twinkle in their eye as Judith did upon discovering the ribbons for the first time. i could see her mind working as she chose her colors- the perfect top 4 best sellers without batting an eye- and there were lots of colors to eye! that’s a real pro for you. can’t wait to see what she does with it. too bad i didn’t have her book, Elegant Stitches which i’ve owned for over a decade with me for an autograph! next time, i’m gonna try to get in on one of her classes. she’ll be teaching at Houston as will i in
with a cup of coffee in one hand and my finger on the trackpad, i ventured a visit to jude’s what-if blog this morning. always a dangerous thing for me, especially in combination with a little caffeine (thanks jude!) and immediately i was off on a what-iff adventure of my own. as noted on my facebook status (join the fan page!) it got me wondering what i would be making today if i wasn’t filling orders and preparing for this weekend’s workshop. oh well, that’s another day- but it did make me commit myself to AT LEAST ONE FULL DAY each month of non commercial work. i can afford that (if i cut out sleeping! -kidding-kinda). there are so many ideas rolling around in my head-things i want to try and experiment with and make.
i hope i don’t lose track of too many of them.
fortunately, if i do there’s always more in the pipeline!
and here is Milo, silk sitting for me. waiting for me to GET TO WORK ALREADY!
speaking of what-iffing….what if we got in a van and toured the world singing songs and playing horns?
news from the traveling minstrels is that they are now leaving Germany headed for the Netherlands, Holland and beyond. a little road weary but still alive and singing for their suppers. NPR had an interesting post on musicians who make a living and then there is this on the dangers of signing with a record label.