26 May

Off Kilter

I’ve been a pretty bad blogger of late. Somehow things are a bit off kilter. It may be in part to just not being on the computer much these days. I can check Facebook and email from my phone, and I don’t share that with the kids, so it’s just easier. (There was a 24 hour hiatus in the middle of writing this post due to having to share.) Once I’ve scrolled through FB and made a few comments, I feel like I’ve done my communing with the world and I usually forget all about blogging. Having lost the totally convenient feed bar on my browser, I signed up for Feedly. It works pretty well, but since I have to go to it, rather than it staring me in the face. I often end up not going. So, I’m not reading so many blogs, which is cutting down on my computer time. Then Flickr went and changed it’s whole interface. I’m sure I’ll figure it out, but it’s just so in your face and loud that I don’t enjoy being there anymore — and so I don’t go, which cuts down my time on the computer. Part of me feels good that I’m spending less time on the computer, but it doesn’t seem to equate to more studio time, so I’m just feeling “off.”

I think I’ve given up on the self portrait project. It was just too much to ask of myself given other wants and commitments. I’m a little disappointed in myself that I couldn’t follow through on that one, but I’m not missing it either.

I’ve been spending a lot of time embroidering my latest Army Wife apron. It’s been something of a black hole, but I will see it through, and finally I’m seeing a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. I think that this is where all my time is disappearing since it’s hard to see progress.

I had a bit of a setback with Zeitgeist which bummed me out. I’m having it quilted by a professional long arm quilter (who I am paying) and that makes it ineligible for entry into the International Quilt Festival’s World of Beauty show (Houston). I was really looking forward to the large audience that show offers. I had a little pity party for Grumps and I, but then I asked my FB friends what to do and they reminded me of some other relatively high traffic shows. New England Quilt Festival not only allows work for hire on quilts, they have space to credit the quilter if he/she is different than the quilt maker. Yay! The show is coming up super quick, so Zeitgeist can hopefully go to New England AND still apply for one or two art quilt shows as well. I am feeling heaps better now that that setback is solved.

My other setback involves the Marriage Equality Quilt. Thinking big means potentially stepping on people’s toes, and I don’t want to do that. I need to rethink my website and project so that I don’t violate Human Rights Campaign’s logo rights. I think this will still work, but I’m stepping back for a bit while I contemplate what to do. The quilt is done and beautiful though.

Marriage Equality quilt picnic

(Click to see it bigger)

Meanwhile, Absence II and Aquifer are looking great at Riverviews Artspace (Craddock-Terry Gallery) in Lynchburg. They’ll be on display until June 16th. SAQA’s Beyond Comfort show, in which I have three Army Wife aprons, is at it’s last venue: Texas A&M University, J. Wayne Stark Galleries, College Station, Texas, May 23 – August 18, 2013. So that cheers me up! OK, off to embroider some more.

3 thoughts on “Off Kilter

  1. Hah, I’m right there with you. I scroll through FB, like a few things, and feel done. The fact that I’ve been mentally blogging for several years hasn’t helped any either. (I feel like I’ve blogged, because I thought about it, but didn’t actually do it.)When you get back on kilter I can’t wait to see how everything turns out. Zeitgeist is amazing! Back to the grindstone – trying to finish my IQA entry today.

  2. Gosh, this sounds familiar. I took a nice break from being online, but made some progress on several things. It doesn’t seem like you’ve lagged in productivity. Can’t wait to see Zeitgeist!!

    Am I missing anything by not being on FB? I’ve resisted that one forever.

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