Oh--how quickly September flew by. I have been spending much of my time working on a very big quilt. Finally I have the top half of the piece done and sewn together. Yes, it is so big it is hard to get a good picture in the studio.
The bottom half of the quilt is outlined--I still have 23 blocks to piece and then it has to get sewn together and hand-finished. Oh it does seem like it will never end. Though I do think it will look great when it's done.
Meanwhile I look at the calendar and realize that I have been working so hard that I haven't really had enough time to prepare for the Paradise City Arts Festival this coming week-end in Northampton. Now this is one of my very favorite shows. Linda and Geoff Post use great care to make sure the show is a fun experience. There is great food, great music, great art.
For me, this is a local show--I can actually sleep in my own bed. Sweet. Of course this increases the pressure since I want people I see every day to know more about me and my quilts.
I look at the flyer I handed out this spring. Amazingly it is so out of date already. Most of the quilts pictured on it have been sold or on display in various gallery shows. I do have a collection of new work that I want to highlight. I am in new shows that I want to be noted.
Yes, I have a postcard which gives my web site and blog site. But I want a bit more about me. Shows I am in--highlights from my career. How I make the work. Even a bit about why I make the work. Time to make a new flyer. Sure, I could write a statement and just copy that. But I want more excitement about it--I am not sure that in today's world simple statements get read carefully. Plus I feel that my quilts make strong images. Put my best foot forward so to speak.
Now, my knowledge of Photoshop is rather basic. I can crop, size, even play with color. But I don't know all the features. I don't really know all the other editing possibilities either. Yes, I could use a graphic designer--but lets face it--I need this by Thursday. Planning ahead is not always my strong point.
Instead I get out my templates--now I must confess I am lucky enough to have an Apple and I do own iWord. So I go to iPages--lots of templates there. Flyers, brochures. Places to put pictures in. Places for text. I choose one that works. Add images. A bit of writing. Play with it a bit. I am pleased how quickly this goes. I proofread as well as possible. What do you think? Here' s the front.
What do you think? Do you use templates to create flyers, brochures, whatever? Do you read such hand-outs?