25 Aug 2016

What the heck do I want to do?

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I keep thinking about what I want to do as an artist moving forward in my business. I don’t want to travel a conventional path to a career as a graphic designer, illustrator, or artist. I rejected that career path when I was about half of my current age, even before I started working as a knitting designer, author, and teacher. As I’ve been sketching and painting more and more, I find that I want to add these forms of art into my business, but I don’t want to go back to any of the ideas I had for a career in graphic arts half a lifetime ago. I really, really don’t want to submit art to someone who can reject it or to work on tight deadlines for magazines or have to do multiple revisions to make a client happy. So what do I want to do?

selfie sketch

I want to make stuff. And I want to share my stuff with you: my friends, family, fans, and readers. I want to design products with my sketches and paintings that you would enjoy having and using. It’s really that simple. I like you all, and I want to continue making things for you. That includes more knitting-related patterns, books, and classes, but also lots of other fun stuff. My challenge now it so figure out just what that “other fun stuff” should be!

paint and yarn

I keep filling books and books with writing and sketching. I love doing that, but I want to share more of my work more regularly. So the first thing I am going to do (without making a very strict plan because I hate rules) is start blogging more often again. I’m going to keep you posted on what I’m working on with more text and pictures than I can share in social media. I’m also going to post illustrated essays about whatever the heck is on my mind. I’m working on a couple of ebooks that will be primarily pictures with short mini-essays to accompany each one (perhaps hand-written), but I also want to make physical things. I love physical objects that I can hold in my hands. So I’m also thinking of these other products:

  • Spoonflower fabric
  • Bags made with my own fabric designs
  • Signed and numbered limited-edition prints of my drawings
  • Story cards with one picture on the front and a mini essay on the back
  • Postcards and greeting cards
  • Knitting infographics to download and print

If there’s anything else you’d want to see me create for you, put your ideas in the comments! I’ll be working on my business plan this winter and I can’t wait to see what kind of product line I come up with. I hope you are as excited as I am.

OK, I hope you’ll be following along on my blog.

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