Vlogmas Week 3: Answering questions and some of my work

Vlogmas Week 3: Answering questions and some of my work

Alright fiberista….we are heading into the vlogmas home stretch. Despite the intense learning curve on video edits, and the constantly thinking of how to share my day, It has been nice to meet you guys!! And I tell you, your questions have seen me through the days when I think I just could not share one more second of the pets, a parking lot, my cleaning the studio, or the actually drudgery of my never ending administrative tasks.

Being vulnerable on camera has always been terrifying. But I find after years of self doubt, being able to show that I lead a life of ups and downs just like a normal person has finally been possible since moving across state. That wasn’t possible until I moved away from the artsy community and all the expectations that come with being an artist in Asheville. It is my hopes that you will see that my life is probably not that different from yours. And if you have any doubt that you are not artsy or strong or bohemian enough to be an artist I am hoping I blew holes in those doubts. I am not a special unicorn, or wonder woman, or the greatest artist of my generation. But what I am is your biggest advocate for you finding your own visual language through your fiber art no matter what it looks like at this moment. Thank you for being a part of my fiber art community! You guys are awesome.

So here are this weeks videos I answered some of the questions I got and share a little more of my work.

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Vlogmas Week 2: Behind the scenes of a fiber art business

Vlogmas Week 2: Behind the scenes of a fiber art business

We are officially halfway through vlogmas!! woo!

I am not gonna lie. It has been challenging. Even though my editing skills have improved ten fold, it is an extra chunk of time out of my work day (and even my off days). But the connections with you guys have been great, and reminds me why I am doing this. You guys inspire me so much.

This week was my annual planning time. And while it is not sexy or artsy, it is super important. Not just for my bottom line, but to ensure my work grows in tandem with the goals that I have for my fiber art. It always surprises me how much the business of being an artist is only 50% actually making art. Then again, building an art business is a creative project in and of itself.

So here are this weeks videos that give a little peak behind the scenes of what it means to have an art business.

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Vlogmas Week 1: I Made An Art Yarn Scarf

Vlogmas Week 1: I Made An Art Yarn Scarf

I love making videos. It involves all the things I loved about graphic design and but with more dimension. I knew taking on YouTube’s vlogmas challenge would be …well…challenging. Vlogmas  is where vloggers post daily vlog videos to their channels from Dec1-Christmas day. I am already one week in and I have to say filming, editing and posting has gotten a whole lot smoother. But, not without all kinds of glitches and a call to Tech Support. I consider those battle scars.

Vlogmas is also forcing me to be accountable when it comes to carving out creative time. It is so easy to let the admin side of running a creative business take over. This week, in response to a question I had in the fiber art collective FB group (join us here!) I decided to share how I use my 2.5dpi heddle to make an art yarn warped scarf. I also shared some behind the scenes of from the clay studio and my sketchbook hashing out a new piece.

So, if you are not subscribed to my You tube channel, you can do so here. Other wise here are this weeks Vlogmas videos.

 

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Vlogmas Weave-O-Rama: Let’s do this

Vlogmas Weave-O-Rama: Let’s do this

I am fired up you guys. And it is thanks to you.

Many of you remember last year I took December to organize my new studio and blogged everyday about it. I love challenges like this, so I am doing it again. But, this time, Fiberistas, you guys have inspired me to go video and participate in YouTube’s Vlogmas challenge. I love video, and you guys have indicated that you find it super helpful.

If you are not familiar, Vlogmas is an annual YouTube event were YouTubers upload a video daily through the month of December leading up to Christmas. Am I crazy? Totally. And yes it is going to be quite the challenge. But for me I need to challenge myself to streamline my editing. That Asheville week video? I have been editing it for 3 days because I ramble so freaking much. You would die if you could see the footage that never makes it into the actual video. Gotta get concise. And I also need to streamline my editing process. Practice makes perfect.

Vlogging has helped me really see my work and process for what it is and as well as what it is not. And It has also helped me connect with you guys more. From what I hear in the comments and emails, it is helping you make art. THAT is insanely exciting for me. So lets do this! I am in.

So for the month of December I am vlogging a daily weaving related video. I say “related” because I do think there is more to weaving than being at the loom. And I think it is important to share the whole process.Get ready, I will start December 1. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notices when those videos go live.

In the mean time here are some of the fiber art weaving like videos I have made so far.

Last week I slayed some major creative doubts.

Last week I slayed some major creative doubts.

I have written so many freaking posts about my creative blocks. I am not going to lie, in the last year or so, these blocks have been big enough to feel like doubts. But, fiberista, last week while vlogging (yep, I am actually trying to let the vlogging be a thing) I kind of ended up filming my break through in real time. Check it out…

So, fiberista. Have you ever let your creative blocks become doubts about you work? I know it is kind of a intimate question, but would love it if you shared below, or you can even email me privately if you like. xo

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Vlog 10.08.2017: A peek inside my art tools bag

Vlog 10.08.2017: A peek inside my art tools bag