Friday, April 23, 2010

Projects, Projects, Projects!

Wow, what an interesting work load!  A short update--

Since my job at San Diego Opera has wrapped up, I've taken work as it's come to me--bits and pieces here and there.  I have a feeling that this is what it's going to be like from here on out as a professional clothing artist...  I'm trying to come up with a term for what I do, and I've not found anything that actually describes what I'm doing now.  I'm sort of a combination of a lot of different things right now, and it's reflected in the work...

I've got a cover for a cash register that I'm doing for a local bar.  I've got some costumes I'm building for a designer friend for a local theatrical production.  I've started research for building an Adam Ant-style Hussar coat for another friend's personal wardrobe, and I'm working on creating a bid for yet another project that may/may not actually happen, but putting together the bid has been an interesting process in itself (sorta like predicting the future, quite frankly)...

I'm way behind on building up my stock to sell anything, too.  One of my goals this year is to get enough stock to actually participate in a street fair of some nature...  But I have got to make enough stuff to actually make it worth it...  I have all kinds of ideas for different items--bags, kimonos, etc.  So we'll see.  I have the materials, but actually getting it done is another story...

I'm learning that I need to develop a new sense of focus for the time being if I'm going to actually accomplish this goal.  One piece at a time.  A little bit each day.

Tomorrow, I'm going to ArtWalk in San Diego...  Last time I went, I was just getting ready to start my own business--it was in the seminal stages at that point--and I really didn't pay as much attention to the art itself as I did the booths the individual artists had set up...  I was developing in my mind  a concept for my wearable art, and trying to formulate what it was that separated my work from fashion and thrust it more into the art world side of things.  I'm not sure I've come up with an answer yet, but I'm still working on it.  In the meantime, I'm preparing myself for creativity overload--at a certain point I just get too stimulated and my brain shuts down...  I love it, but afterwards all I want to do is go home and make stuff, and I'm inevitably frazzled..

Hard to think of someday doing ArtWalk and going to a regular street fair at the same time...  For some reason, they seem to be different disciplines...  Perhaps tomorrow I will be able to come closer to some conclusions.

And to top it all off, I have to go to jury duty on Monday.  Wheee!  We'll see if that's going to result in anything...  I've served on one jury in the past, and it wasn't a great experience.  But that's another post for another day.  Ah, memories!

Until next time, Live Life with Relish!

Image by bookish in northpart via flickr.


  1. Corey, I have exactly the same issue when it comes to building up my stock. Lots of ideas but they don't mean a thing until they're produced! Lately I've found that publishing on my blog my goals (say 10 bags in 2 weeks) is helping me be more disciplined. I feel a greater sense of urgency in producing my bags to meet my "quota". Doing a countdown to achieving my total quota puts some extra pressure on me but if that's what it takes! Good luck on producing your work.

  2. This may be exactly the tidbit of advice that I need to be more diligent, Jane! I'm excited about this! I will pick some numbers for the items I'm working on, then break it down, and make it a personal "quota" system... Oh, Jane, this is a great idea! That extra pressure is exactly what I need! Great advice!! Thank-you!!!


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