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Xmittens Studio Update

Bright Neon- Spring 2013“Much of the pain in life comes from having a life plan that you’ve fallen in love with, but that doesn’t work out. Having to find a new life plan hurts. The trick is not to become too attached to any particular life plan and remember that there is always a better, even-happier life plan out there somewhere.”- Karen Salmansohn from her book Instant Happy

Sound familiar? It sure rings true for me.

If you have been a reader of my blog you know that the last couple of years have brought a lot of changes for me both personally and professionally. That trend still continues both in positive and negative ways.  However, as I struggle at times, the balance of this is a bit of personal wisdom.

This kernel of personal wisdom goes something like this: “Be where I really am.”

I aspire to be the best person I can be; to have a rich family life; to spend as much time with those I care about as I can while also acknowledging my needs for alone time…to not become stagnant and to really listen. All this means, I spend less time on Xmittens and have had to make hard decisions like cutting back on my wholesale offerings and taking items out of the Xmittens line.

I’ve realized over the last year, or so that Xmittens, as it now, is not it’s final manifestation. I’ve been taking classes, including some in how to design fabrics digitally. I’ve also been experimenting with other artists on Natural Dyeing…something that has been on my list to try out for at least a decade.

To make room for me to be a student again I accepted a position at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in the School & Community Programs department. In this position I get to help other teaching artists find teaching gigs in schools and community organizations. It’s a great fit and helps fund me being a student…quite a nice full circle situation.

As I have carved out more time for myself and for learning, I see some new pathways that I can take with my studio practice. The first is opening a Pop-Up Shop in my studio- it’s going to be great to not have to haul my wares to so many holiday shows (though I will keep my favorites on the list!).  Having more space means I can also offer more classes…look for a great schedule for 2014!  There’s also enough space for others to teach at my studio, too, so keep that in mind if you want to offer a workshop, or class!

So, as I move forward, I hope that you stay in touch with all that you are up to…it’s always wonderful to hear where my creative friends are on their own journeys!



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