I’ve started taking some short videos showing how I weave and the process that goes into it, especially all the prep work. I’ve also done a couple videos of the shellac process on my paintings. I post them on Instagram, and I’ve also started posting them on YouTube. I just got that all set up, so subscribe to my channel if you want updates.
At first, I was really nervous about doing videos and I procrastinated for a long time. Like, a year. I had read a lot of established weavers who were really into “efficiency”, and they said that if you weren’t efficient, you were NOT A REAL WEAVER and you’d never really be good. Some of their posts were really harsh and got into my head. I was so worried I’d post some videos and all the comments would be about how I’m doing everything wrong. I’m self-taught, which compounds my insecurity! But so far, everyone has been really kind, so obviously my fears were all in my head (duh).
But I realized something while I was working recently. I enjoy doing things at a comfortable pace that a lot of people would call slow. I want to take my time. When I try to get faster and experiment with all those “efficient” ways of doing things, I make more mistakes. I start to get stressed out about speed instead of just relaxing and being happy that I’m doing what I love.
So I’m saying it, loud and proud: I like taking my time. I like going slowly. I like doing it right the first time and taking an extra minute to double check my work at every stage. I enjoy my slow process, even if it’s a little less efficient.
I have some exciting news! I was accepted into the Ashland Art Works gallery in Ashland, Oregon, to show my weaving. (I’m totally superstitious, so I didn’t want to say anything until it really started.) This is my first month, and we were open for the First Fridays Art Walk. Even though it was raining, a lot of people came out, and I even sold a few things! It’s a great start to what I hope will be a long relationship with the gallery.
If you’re in Southern Oregon, drop by and check it out! There are about 15 artists, including painters, woodworkers, sculptors, jewelry makers, and fiber artists. Their work is so beautiful, and I’m honored to be in their company.
I had some new weaving all done, but it went into the gallery! I’m working on some new tea towels and scarves for the web shop, and soon I’ll have some bags, tassels and bookmarks as well. In terms of paintings, I’ve been working on some new things but nothing is quite finished yet. I like to let paintings sit for a little while so I can be sure they’re really done – sometimes, after looking at one for a week or two, I decide it needs a little something more.