I have a great story to share with those of you who sometimes get down thinking no one is noticing what you do.
I came in to the studio late today due to a dental appointment and several errands. It meant that I walked in with one of the other artists on my floor that I don't know particularly well. She congratulated me on having my work in the Globe this past Sunday. Of course I responded that I was thrilled about it and commented that it was quite a fluke that I'd even seen it since I don't get the Globe. At that she said "oh no - I'd have brought it to you. I recognized your jackets." The emphasis is mine. Her comment made my day.
Now if you read my last post about the article, you might remember that none of the items shown were attributed to the creator. I never expected that anyone would know that those were my jackets without my name there. I often worry that my work is all over the place and that I do not have a recognizable style. I've often felt that in order to have a style, you have to decide to do that and work toward it. Now I realize I can relax, do what I like, and my style will just come through. That is so freeing.
It was also quite a boost because I never really expected that this person paid much attention to my work. Most of the time she doesn't remember my name. It just goes to show that you don't always know who is paying attention. At the time, I didn't expect much from the Bead + Fiber fashion show. There was no commentary during the show and the only attribution for the artists was a listing on the side of the building. But, obviously Tina Sutton, who put together the Style Watch page for the Globe was there and the page will help me even if my name isn't right there. So I guess I'll just put my head down and keep working.
That said, here's the jacket I just completed.
This is one that I just wasn't too sure about until I got well into the project. It's made from an embroidered cotton that I've had for some time now--one of those that I had just large swatches of. I had a hard time to decide what to do with that fabric because I thought it was a problem that I didn't have many complete flower motifs or many samples of the same colorway. I finally realized that was inside the box thinking. Once I could see the motifs more as color and texture, I could expand my possibilities of how to put it together and what other fabrics I could use with it. I was pleased with the results.