Welcome to my first post of the new year! No champagne or party horns here, I started off by cutting and stamping hundreds of ceramic pendants for no particular reason. Trust me, I’ll find a great use for them! You see, production work is my go-to way to settle my spirit. I needed it this weekend. On Thursday morning, we got word that one of Patrick’s cousins had passed away unexpectedly. Patrick literally lost his breath when he heard the news, he was so shocked. It took him a minute to get the words out. His cousin was loved by so many people, he was barely 50-years-old and had his whole life ahead of him. When I heard the news, my heart was broken. Not only for his cousin, but for all the family. I just didn’t feel like going out to celebrate, or even really being around people that day. I decided to stay in for New Year’s Eve.
I ended up, like always, in the art studio. I pulled out a hunk of clay and some cookie cutters and began to cut shapes. Then I pulled out some stamps and a bag of alphabet pasta. Next thing I knew, I had an assembly line going. I created dozens of pendants all with uplifting affirmational sayings and words. Totally on the fly, I had no directive in mind, it’s like my hands just took over and got to work while my mind processed the day’s tragic event.
This picture is super blurry because I downloaded it from my Snapchat feed. After I fired all of them, I started adding the underglazes. Normally I’m all about color, color, color. But not this time. I just let my mood guide me and this is how it’s going so far. Pretty mellow.
Honestly, I have no idea what they are going to end up looking like, but I’m excited to find out! I thought about Patrick’s family the entire time I made all of these, and also about people and relationships in general. People want to be recognized and appreciated when they are alive and remembered when they pass. I hope Patrick’s cousin call feel all the love that his family and friends have for him. And I hope he experienced kindness from others leading up to his last days. All of this motivates me even more to have purpose and concentration when it comes to communicating and interacting with others.
That is a lifelong resolution, not just for 2016!
I hope this post didn’t bum you out! Sometimes creativity isn’t all about the glitter and sequins, but more as a way to heal and process the tough moments in life. This weekend was definitely one of those times. I remember thinking, “I’ll make a dozen.” I truly got lost in the moment and make a LOT.
On a happier note – this Thursday I’m headed off to Anaheim for the Craft and Hobby Trade Show! It will be my first time since 2006 that I’ll be there on my own as a freelance designer. Even though I have two new Crafty Chica product lines debuting this year, I don’t have to work any demo tables! I actually get to walk the floor and try out all the new products. I’m also teaching a seminar, and speaking on a panel. And squeezing in Disneyland one day, even though it is supposed to rain!
I’ll have a blog post roundup when I get back, but for randomness and backstage pass anecdotes, follow me on Snapchat @craftychica – I’ll be reporting each day, I’ll probably livestream a Periscope too.
OK, bye for now! Happy New Year!
P.S. Please send prayers and/or good thoughts to Patrick’s familia, they really need it. I will be eternally grateful!