When I interviewed for my job as a Communications Specialist at a library straight out of college, my future boss asked me what one of my goals was for the next five years. I remember telling her I'd like to be published. (I have no idea why I remember this, as my long-term memory is usually horrible.) Since then (15 years ago) I've had some work included in self-published books and a couple of regional magazine issues, but my proudest moment came at the beginning of this month when my monograms were chosen to be included in the latest issue of Somerset Studio Magazine. There I am on the shelves of JoAnn fabrics!
So many of my maker friends have rejoiced with me in this accomplishment, and that is what has touched me even more! It's so easy to turn an ugly shade of green when our creative colleagues have successes, but I was moved many times (and humbled) by the sincere congrats that were sent my way in texts, social media posts and in person. I have some really great friends teaching me how to be one right back!
So what's next? I'll be announcing a giveaway on a friend's fantastic new lifestyle blog next week, and then I've got another "publishing industry" surprise for my followers. Market season is coming up too! I'm painting away in preparation for the SIA art fair in a few weeks, which I'm helping to coordinate again. Here's the new batik taking shape on my work table. I'll also have some great new archival giclee prints of my key and clothespin paintings available there.
May brings the return of Madison Road Artisan Market. Here's a sneak peek at the lovely poster for the event, which is my favorite show of the season! I'll have my fine art, textile accessories and some fun vintage finds at this show on the front lawn of the gorgeous historic Scarberry farm on the south side of South Bend.
Further into the summer are plans to sell at the Briar Patch Folk Art Gathering and South Bend's Art Beat. Lots of sewing and scribbling to do until then! I'm off to pick up the paint brush and put a few more dabs on that peony! Are you looking forward to the real blooms as much as I am?!