Tuesday, February 28, 2012
getting back on track--the bend in the road
Sometimes life takes you in strange and unexpected directions. On August 27, 2011 I had great plans for my business--quilts I wanted to make, shows I wanted to apply for, a studio to clean, marketing I wanted to improve. On August 28, 2011--well, my loyal readers know what happened--and the short story for the others is that my studio floated down the river as a result of Hurricane Irene. No need to go over that again.
Instead I picked myself up with the help of so many wonderful friends, neighbors and strangers, found a new studio and worked non-stop to replace the quilts and fabric that I lost. After all, what else was there to do? But still I feel like I have gotten off-track. There are all the things I was going to do before Irene. There are still things that I have to do because of Irene. There are decisions that I have to make as a result of Irene. And there are the new quilts that I have designed in my mind--maybe because of Irene or maybe just because that is the direction my art wants to move anyway.
Now I am not one to hold a pity party for myself--well, at least not too often and too publicly. And I certainly know that I am not the only artist dealing with the obstacles that life throws in our paths. For a while I was too tired, too dazed to really do anything but make quilts. After all, the first thing I had my DH install in my new studio was my design board. However, I do feel that finally I have the energy to tackle at least some of these questions so I have decided to begin a series of short blog posts as I try to move forward step by step not at all sure where I will end up or how I will do it.
I hope that not only will this blog help me move forward and get back on track so to speak but that my readers will come along for the journey. I know it has been only through the help and kind thoughts of so many that I have gotten this far. Now I could use the help and suggestions of you along the way also. I do hope you will come along for the ride.