Processing progress.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m making enough new pieces of jewelry and art. After finishing my oracle cards, which was a huge undertaking, I’ve felt a little…well, anticlimactic about my artistic process and progress with the lack of a major project.

In reality, I have continued to create. I’ve made a variety of new things – cards, decorated hair clips, a few new pendants, etc. It’s been more that I’ve been making things a few at a time; it’s been very here and there.

abalone hair clips
Abalone hair clips
I have a decent inventory of items I can sell. I’ve been doing fewer craft fairs this year, although have been successful with selling items to friends, family, and a few Etsy customers. Some of that is because I’m busy doing other things (e.g. oracle cards, planning my wedding, preparing to move) and part of that is because I’m a little more discerning about what kinds of events I put my energy, time and money towards.

There’s also another factor: I’m an aspiring Nia Technique dance fitness teacher. I’ve been putting some of my creativity energy towards learning routines and finding my own sense of movement. I take several classes a week, and for the next two months, I’m teaching once a week. So, I’ve been putting more time into that than into my visual art. However, I also recognize that I’ve been doing art for most of my life; it comes more easily to me. Dance…much less so. I took a few modern dance classes when I was 12 or so, but didn’t have the time or patience at the time. I took improvisational dance and dance history classes in college and took expressive moment classes for a while when I lived in San Diego.  When I started Nia, it became about the body-mind-spirit connection and more. It became a regular activity I wanted to practice and improve at. I not only wanted to learn the technique, I also wanted to teach it. And learning to teach is a very intensive process.

I don’t see my Nia practice as replacing my visual art practice by any means; they definitely can exist side-by-side in my life. However, even as I write this, I’m realizing that I practice Nia regularly. I don’t currently have a consistent art practice. I see blogs that talk about sketching or making at least one thing a day. At the moment, I am not doing this. At one time, I was practicing wirewrapping on a regular basis, and my skills definitely improved dramatically. I don’t think I’m at a stagnant place with my art – but I might be at a place where things aren’t moving very quickly. And really, they don’t have to. I’ve been satisfied with the small supplemental of income I’ve earned, which mostly means some of what I create pays for itself. I also realize that I’ve felt vulnerable about the idea of getting feedback on what I can do next art-business-wise.

At some point in the relatively near future, I want to dedicate more time to it. I want to create goals for the act of creating – whether I’m doing it to create something for profit or just for myself. I want to get feedback on my Etsy shop, recommendations on what I could improve. I want to read books or take online classes about different aspects of running an art business. Ideally, I want to create enough time and space so my Nia and art can feed each other. Perhaps someday I’ll do a Nia and art workshop.

My time and attention is pretty divided right now, but perhaps once I settle into my post-wedding life, perhaps I will find more flow and ease in my visual art practice and business. It’s all a work in progress.

An overdue update

I apologize – I’ve been neglecting my website and business blog. Here’s some of what I’ve been doing:

Finishing my oracle cards! I just submitted an order to print the first sets of cards, which I should get in the next two weeks or so. My current plan is to start with a small number, and if there’s enough interest, I’ll get more printed. I also ordered a proof of my oracle card book. I’m planning on beginning to sell them this summer, so stay tuned!

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I’m still making some jewelry.  These are from a new collection I’m working on. I’m experimenting with playing with wire in an organic, free-form way and creating unique pieces that stand out.

new collection pieces

 

In April, I participated in Susannah Conway’s April Love month, and did quite a bit of art and writing based on those prompts. Here is one.

imagination

I also learned how to make ear cuffs!

ear cuff

 

I’ll post more updates soon! I’ll definitely send out a newsletter once my cards are ready, so if you aren’t already subscribed, sign up here.

Turning towards the holidays: updates!

Etsy update
A few of the items I’ve added to my Etsy shop!

Major Etsy update:  I now have 45 items in my shop. Check out my Shop Updates for a coupon code for free shipping for the holidays!

I sent out my first e-newsletter!  If you’d like to be on my mailing list, sign up here.

More of the items included in my Etsy update:

 

As for myself, I’m excited to see my love over this coming Thanksgiving weekend.  I’ve managed to do a majority of my holiday shopping already, so I’m looking forward to cozying in…and hopefully selling a few things online!

Recent news – August 2015

Me and my new Nia White Belt!
Me and my new Nia White Belt!

I’m slowly easing into the rhythm of daily life after a weeklong Nia intensive training in Santa Fe.  Nia, a form of dance fitness, is one of my other passions and expressive outlets.  I am now a Nia White Belt, which is the first level of certification for anyone who wants to teach or wants a greater depth of understanding of the principles and practice.  I am so grateful for my experience there – it was both healing and enriching.  I’m also feeling really inspired, and I already see that leaking into my creative life.

I brought a few of my jewelry pieces with me to the training and ended up selling three things.  I now have learned to bring more items at similar events in the future, and also to have a good stock of business cards with me at all times. One of my classmates is a successful jewelry designer and I hope to connect with her more soon.

I sold this Red Jasper heart last week.
I sold this Red Jasper heart last week.

I’ve been working on updating my website!  If you have a chance, please look at it and tell me what you think.  I’ve been working with a friend on online marketing and she suggested that I work on making the home page more visual.  In any case, I had fun playing with the images.

I signed up for a craft fair in September, and I’ve been looking at the possibility of selling some of my pieces on consignment at local shops.

I also submitted both poetry and art for consideration for the 2017 We’Moon calendar and datebook. I’m excited for more opportunities like this – no matter what the outcome, it’s good practice and exposure.

Also, I got proofs of my oracle cards!  I made the originals with pencil, pen, and watercolor two years ago as part of a project.  Since then, I have digitized them in Photoshop.  I’m still working on editing and rewriting the card descriptions, but hope to have them ready and available to sell at some point soon!
Sacred Spiral oracle cards
Sacred Spiral oracle cards