Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wow. It's been a long time and a lot has happened

I pulled my blog up today and was shocked and horrified to see that it had actually been over a year since I last posted. I had no idea it had been that long. It certainly hasn't felt that long. A ton has happened.

What happened:
  • Since 2012, I held down an adjunct teaching gig at Phoenix College, taught 2 classes a night at MAC and worked ~32 hours/ week at the Heard 
  • December 2013 a dear student and friend committed suicide
  • I made almost no work of my own :-(
  • I did take an Argentium class at the MAC and I'm totally hooked!
  • No knitting :-(
  • My one creative endeavor was a memorial plaque for my student to hang at the MAC, which I am proud of but I wish I had my friend back
My dear Nadine. Enameled and etched panels screwed to a box form copper base.
It will hang in the enameling studio. She'll be our kiln angel :-)
approx. 8x10"
  • My grandmother died in April
  • Eczema....
  • On and off horrendous back pain; physical therapy, attempts at exercise, etc. 
  • We ran out of money to finish our house renovation and didn't earn enough for the bank to give us a loan. We are still in new house limbo....
  • Financial stress, stress, stress
  • A good friend helped me get hired on with a web and design agency out of Canada for freelance
  • I quit my job at the museum to pursue freelance
  • The museum hired me back at a new position that was too good to turn down
  • This fall I took a PHP class at MCC on top of everything else
  • I finished teaching for Phoenix College

The end result:
  • For the first time in I can't remember how long, I'll only have 2 main jobs
  • This should allow me to actually make my own work and have a life. Yay!
  • I look forward to more studio posts and sharing what I know and continue to learn here on a much more regular basis.

It was a whirlwind of a year (the last 2 I'd rather not repeat, actually) and I'm feeling very lucky, very blessed and very hopeful for 2015 to be a great year professionally, creatively and personally. Happy New Year!