I have been simplifying. My home and studio had grown very cluttered in the past few years and now I am ready to share what I really don't need, even some things which are difficult to give away.
A few years ago, my sweet aunt died of cancer. My uncle knows how much I love to create and he gave me her amazing collection of quilt fabrics. She had bought many fabrics and sorted them into neat bags for her future quilts. She had bought sewing machines and quilting templates. But she didn't have time to make any of these quilts before she died. It was sad to look at the projects she had planned, especially something she had planned on making for her grandson. But I feel she lived her life fully and I sense that there was nothing important left undone. I feel so lucky she was my aunt and I had the chance to love her, be loved by her, and to watch her throw her beautiful light all around.
I have been keeping several boxes of these fabrics in my studio but I slowly realized that some of the colors weren't right for me, and a few days ago I bravely sorted them out and donated them to a woman who teaches sewing to children. They shouldn't be sitting in boxes anymore.
What I have left are the colors I love, from my collection, (some of the fabrics are from when I was a girl!) my aunt's collection, and my recent discoveries. The theme is color, beautiful, beautiful color! I organized the colors into neat piles in the big hutch in my studio.
These are all colors I can see myself using. No more browns, very little black, very little beige, no grayed down colors, just pure, joyful color.
I see toys, dresses, baby clothes, and quilts in these bright stacks. But I won't be selling the things I make from fabric anymore. Today I started working on a doll commission and I realized that I am ready to move on. I have been making dolls for a few years and creating dolls for children to love has been rewarding work and helped rejuvenate me after an intense fine art project. But this will be the last doll I create to sell. I want to throw more of my energies into fine art and my portrait work again and just making crafts for loved ones.
Vibrant color frolics through my craft work, and I want to set the colors free in my art.
No more brown, black and gray. A future in color, color, color.