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Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, mine was different this year, I went to my daughter’s house, she has a new baby and my son in law was cooking so we all converged in Uttoxeter … wonderful to hand over the cooking …

and so, now my mind turns to the new year … what will 2018 bring ….

I have just posted some new classes on my granary website .. do visit .. hopefully there wil be some classes that interest you

I am running a drawing course at Eastleigh college which finishes at the end of this term and working a little with theyoung students too, but I am cuting back on hours there … don’t forget the HNC Contemporary Art Practice, I will teach on that if it runs.. we still have the names from last year so hopefully it will … if not, then my time at Eastleigh College may draw to a close after 15 years!

the Granary Studio goes from strength to strength so I will not be at a loose end…

I hope to see you there or at the shows, I will be at ICHF shows in Glasgow and Birmingham, back to back in March.. and at Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in August, Hampshire Open Studios in Granary Studios in August too, then finally the  Autumn Knitting and Stitching shows, probably at all three .

A very Happy and Healthy New year to you all

Susan x

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New Year Resolutions

A new year, how wonderful, a blank page, where do we start.

Let’s start with some New Year resolutions, no, I don’t mean lose weight, get organised, eat healthier, get more exercise. These are annual events that last a varying amount of time into the year.

I mean artistic plans. Refresh your ideas. Make a fresh start.

Here is a plan.

Think about the work you create, spend time just thinking

Write a few sentences to describe your work at the moment, write about the techniques you use by all means, but then write about what your work says, what it means to you, why do you make it

Write a few sentences to describe your aspirations for your work, again techniques you hope to try, or continue to develop, write about what you want your work to say, what you want it to mean.

Write some plans.  Do you want to study more? Do you want to exhibit? Do you want to work alone? Do you want to join a group? Do you want to gather  a group of makers together? Start a group? Do you want to earn from your stitch?

Now, make your artistic resolutions and go for it!!!

This time of the year is a time for looking through seed catalogues and planning what to plant where in your garden for the coming seasons. Then, decisions made, start ordering. It’s just the same for your artistic development, now is the time!