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HELLO 2017!

IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE

diane sullivan

It's been a couple of weeks since Surtex and I have finally caught my breath.  I met my goals and came away with so much more than expected.  Three days of incredible networking, making new friends and learning so much!!  With greater clarity and an expanded heart, it's back in the saddle to nurture these new connections, working on some brand new goals, and designing new work!  

STEPPING STONES

diane sullivan

100 days of pattern challenge is complete!  It was a fun exercise in patience, persistence, and play.  I used the challenge as an exercise in having no agenda and allowing myself to play and learn new things for 100 consecutive days, both of which I loved doing.  The last two months have also been a lot of Surtex prep, most of which is coming to a close because I have been working diligently at being on top of my game and checking things off the list.  

The plan is for a few days of rest and refueling, and setting new intentions.  I have some new ideas in store for where I would like to devote my energy in the coming months.  I'm super excited about adding an INSPIRATION page to my site, which will be all about my process, which I like to call "the unfolding" - how and where I gather inspiration, how I take an idea and turn it into a pattern or illustration.  Every pattern has a story.  And I can't wait to share that with you.  

I will also be back in my clay studio and taking some of my pattern ideas and bringing them to life on my clay forms.  Can you say - LOVE!!!  I can not wait to marry two things I am most passionate about together to create beautiful pieces of art.    

As always, I will be sharing on Instagram and would love your feedback about what you'd like to see more of!  Until then, I'm off for some gardening and refueling my creative soul. 

THE DESTINATION IS THE JOURNEY

diane sullivan

11 days to go to finish my 100 day daily pattern challenge.  When I began this challenge, I kept in mind my word for this year "EXPAND" - ways to stretch, learn, grow and become more in tune with all things pattern and color, as well as myself as an creative.  To pay attention to the unfolding within that happens as we explore and experiment.    From the beginning, my goal was to share not only the patterns I love, but the clumsiness in learning new techniques, the truth of what it means to post a pattern even on those days when I'm least inspired or having trouble fining love for the piece I've just put together.  The intention was to just sit and make, no matter what.  To just keep making.  Because art, as in life, requires us to sit with the messy stuff, as well as the good stuff, and we only appreciate the good stuff by having the experience of sitting with the messy stuff.  It's what makes us grow.  And I believe there is value in giving voice to even the awkward, messy, uncomfortable "stuff."  So, onward to the last 11 days of this challenge.  And then I will begin a new series of weekly challenges which I am so excited for.