Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to everyone no matter what they may be. This will be slow posting week, I am very busy in the studio. I lot of new things coming in the new year.

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Project Runway Style Challenge

Here is the invite for our next gallery show.  I hope it will help with the slow times after the holidays. 
Let me know what you think.

the red thread studio  Call for Art WorkProject Runway Style Challenge, “The Shirt off Your Back” This is a juried show open to all types of art form.  The challenge is to use a piece of clothing you already own and incorporate it into a new work of art.  Make a new garment, use it in a collage work, knit or crochet with it.  Use your imagination, the possibilities are endless.  The DetailsSchedule:  Notice of intent to participate, January 18, 2008.   Delivery of completed artwork, January 26, 2008          Work can be mailed and cost of shipping for return. Opening reception and awards presentation, February 2, 2008 3-5pm Show closing March 1, 2008, art work needs to be pickup on March 3, 4, 2008.Please make arrangement for shipping cost if needed.  Awards First, Second, Third, and Viewers ChoiceValue of awards will be based on number of entrants. Fees: $5.00 two entries A photo of the original clothing item or a sketch/description is needed.   Completed work will be on display at the Red Thread Studio through MarchThere will be an opening reception, artist are encouraged to attend if possible.     Contact InformationAngelia Armstrong, 153 W. Washington Street, Suffolk, VA  23434

757.923.9832    stevearmstro@gmail.com        http://www.theredthreadstudio

Ending a Year

As the year ends, the time comes to make the new goals for the next year.  I am always reminded of the usual-stop wasting time,get organized, exercise, or some other bad habit that needs ending.  This time for me, I more interested in living my life in an authentic way.  Creating a life that is doing positive things and not worrying about the bad habits.  It seems when one area of my life is going well I am motivated into improving other areas of my life.  Instead of thinking in the negative setting goals for the positive gains I hope to make.  I have been feeling a little stuck,  in the creative sense.   As I am working out times and dates and activities already lined up for 2008, I want to open up more space for the design world and new opportunities for my work.  Saying no, or not doing the same show or event gives space for new adventures and opportunities.

Design Goals-
Finish design coordinations for next collection
New printing techniques-taking a silk screening class in Janurary
Streamline each collection(I always want to make too many things each season),
Destash my studio-make 15 new fabric sample design bags (color groups)
Stay up to date in creative notebook(help with studio organization)

Business, and personal goals-coming

Possible additions for the new collections.  Adding another element, with the wood, which adds the element of working with the boys more.
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Time

I have been a little behind on my posting, it is that time of year, or is it this way all the time.   My orders have picked up in my Etsy shop and the gallery is always up and down with visitors and artisans coming and going.
I teach at a Arts school, mostly home schoolers, and this is our last week. Our family has the Holiday table for Japanese New Year (Shogatsu) so we are researching and making all the displays for this Thursday.
It is strange for me this Holidays seem over. When you are in a retail type business it starts so early that I am now ready to move on. I am so inspired right now for my new collection coming next year all I want to do is shut myself off in the Studio and create.
Time goes by so fast, I will just plug on and finish all the little tasks, and work toward creating the Studio time I crave.
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Textures III

In keeping with my ongoing work in textures,  a lot of mixed fabrics are being used this week.  I am starting to plan a new line of fabrics items for the home.    Some clothing accessories will always be in the mix, but I would like to concentrate on using fabric elements in styling the home for family and life.  My interest right now involves using more the fiber/yarns and other elements to add “texture” to the fabrics, also the stitching and construction as design details not just for function.  Still concentrating on various types of fabric as the basis for the texture but always expanding and challenging myself.

Silks, linen and fiber, detail.

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