Last year was my first year doing my in-house residency. One year later here I am again more excited than ever to get started. As a recap, the concept came to me after chatting with Kesha Bruce, reading her blog, and reading the blogs of Joanne Mattera and Tim McFarlane (See previous post for all site links). I did my first residency last year with great succes. I learned a lot about myself, my materials, my process, and what it really means to build a productive studio practice. Having this concentrated time to focus at the beginning of the year allowed me the time to create and sell new work. I felt less scattered in my process. While I did not meet every goal I set for myself in terms of sales I ended the year on a really up beat note because had a clear vision of where I want to go. The to do lists I set for myself every week were no longer a random set of things to do but a focused list with clear steps toward moving forward. It was a subtle shift in how I do things but a really important shift to make. So building on what I learned in 2012, here’s a rough outline of what I want to work on in this year’s residency:
Deborah Grayson Studios 2013 In-house Residency
Focus: Clay and Ink
- create mixed media figurative sculpture experimenting with different clays and found objects.
- create screen-printed textiles to enhance the stories of the figures created in clay.
- play in the intersections of clay and ink creations
- inventory materials currently on hand [DONE]
- purchase any necessary tools and materials needed to complete proposed projects [DONE]
- begin each session with gratitude
- work evenings and weekends on designs and projects
- use social media to track and share progress
- residency will last from 17 February- 7 April (8 weeks) [my work time is extended because I will be working my fulltim day job while completing the residency]
- assess/evaluate what I learned during the residency
- Find ways to put what I learned into practice
- identify venues to share completed works
- invite lots of comments via facebook, twitter and this blog