See My Work with Patty Lakinsmith for the ISGB/Bead and Button Convergence Exhibit

Monday, December 29, 2008

No New Year's Resolutions - Artist's musings

So, I finally had a few minutes to myself and started thinking about what's in store for me, my art, my life for 2009. Now I'm not really a person who makes resolutions every year. I mean things like "lose weight" and "get more exercise" and "eat better" are kinda life long pursuits!
But I am very goal oriented. I'd rather focus on positive pursuits, and the three aforementioned resolutions always leave me feeling depressed when I fail miserably. So...let's just take those three for granted and move on! Here goes:
1. Do at least 2 juried art shows. I've only shown my work on the web and in galleries to date, mainly because it's tough having enough inventory to fill a 10x10 tent. (good news/bad news!)
2. Do a few art and crafts fairs. Probably a good place to start, don't you think? I can get my feet wet, so to speak, at little risk and work my way up to the juried shows.
3. Take at least two classes or workshops. I'm very interested in enameling. Have been trying to find a good way to add color to my pieces besides using stones. One of my fellow team members from the Art Jewelry Collective has started enameling and has had great results. Take a look:

Pretty neat, huh? And they seem to have been sold right away! Nice! So, back to my goals:

4. Develop a separate line of designs for less expensive metal work. One for the high end, one for the middle of the road pricing. Bangles, cuffs, earrings that are fairly simple and fast to make. They might be good for the art fairs. My change- a- bead earrings are doing quite well, and they've even started to sell on Etsy, though I suspect they stand out like a sore thumb on my site because it's not my "usual" style. Like the ones below -

I think if I accomplish all of this, I'll have a very busy year! My personal goals will remain don't need the details, do you? But you can add "eat better", "exercise more", and "lose weight"! Hey, I'm just saying.....



jEaN said...

Thank you for featuring my enameled earrings in your blog!
I have been collectng enameling materials for months & can finally start producing some pieces. The earrings did sell right away which, of course, was thrilling!
You are right about taking workshops. In August, I am scheduled to take a 5 day enameling workshop at the John Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. The Art & Soul Retreats in Hampton, VA (May), & Portland, OR (Oct.) , are wonderfully exciting to attend. It's like immersing yourself in art for an entire week!
Happy 2009 to you, Cyndie. Thank you for all the beautiful treasuries you have snagged in 2008!

Patty said...

Cyndie - you should have no trouble whatsoever getting into a juried show. Sounds like a fun year you have planned. :-) Looking forward to seeing more new creations from you! Oh, and BTW, if you can fill a gallery with your work, you can fill a 10 x 10 tent!


Studio Marcy - Marcy Lamberson said...

Cyndie, I know you'll achieve all your goals, and the juried shows will be a piece of cake for you.

Thanks for showing the change a bead jewelry. I love mine and think there is a market for them- especially in these tough economic times.

Happy New Year and thanks for all your treasury boosts. I appreciate each and every one of them.

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