Monday, January 27, 2014

Retirement and what happens next

Not long ago I made the big decision to retire from public school teaching, which will happen at the end of the year. I promised my husband that I would continue to work part time and I hope to do this on my own terms. While teaching piano lessons will be involved at some point, I have always dreamed of being a craft artist. I have collected and experimented with many art supplies and taken many classes (mostly from quilt artists). I have found that while I love painting, I love quilts and all things geometric. I also found that I enjoy polymer clay, and this medium seems to be the only thing I could make many of and not be bored. SOoooo I have figured out how to marry all of my passions. I have been making polymer clay pins and charms in simple quilt patterns by painting on the clay. So far the clay is in the shape of little houses. Quilt houses in clay are born!
I have some technical issues to resolve, but I think I may be on to something. Tell me what you think!

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I am interested in textiles and most visual art. Presently I am painting whimsical paintings. I always have a quilt in the works, and I consider quilts to be art as well.