I love Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen’s passion is the study of happiness and habit formation. On her webpage she has long list of “secrets to adulthood” The secrets are little reminders that help make life more enjoyable and promote good habits.
I began more than 10 years ago working exclusively on art quilts. For past four years I have been increasingly successful. In the past two years my work has been included in over 20 exhibitions.
This year I received two cash awards. I attribute my current success to consistent work time, setting clear goals, continued education and belonging to the premiere art quilt community - SAQA.
But when I started this journey, I began working blind. I didn't have very many quilting skills. I had no idea there was a professional art community focused on art quilting. I just saw an art quilt on a wall in my doctors office, picked up an issue of quilting arts and went home with an idea for a fabric collage.
So here are my 12 insights that I hope will help those starting this journey.
Start with small, easy to finish quilts.
Use materials you have and apply the skills you know.
Making a copy is not a crime, it’s a way to learn
Collect images that inspire you
Have a creative space in your home
Find a "tribe" of people to help you grow as an artist
Visit museums and galleries
Expand your knowledge of composition
Make something that means something
Share what you make
Have a goal
Remember to Play!