Having made the promise to myself, that this would be my year I put myself out there in the ART WORLD! I didn't realize that when I said " This year Poception Arts Studio will see more of my creativeness" That it would not exactly be just my mixed media art & paintings. But that my textile work would be such a hit! I've been creating wrist warmers! What started out as my way of creating home-made Christmas gifts, turned into other people requesting my skills for themselves. I am over the moon excited!
I had one man from my husbands job call me with an order of four wrist warmers. He wanted them for his wife & daughters for Christmas. I told him he was one smart cookie for thinking ahead.
I am having fun making these & I created a dog security blankee for my Lil Bean (my granson) for Christmas. I have plans for my Lil Love (grandaughter) for a crown & royal cape. She has managed to swipe a pair of wrist warmers from me already. I mean how can ya say no when ya hear... "Nina! These are so cool, can ya make me a pair?" She chose a cream pair to go with all her outfits.
Like I said, I was surprised to see my textile art would be a hit. Now don't get me wrong, I know I can create art but to sell it is where the problem is with me.
This goes back to my childhood. Having spent an entire day painting my Mother a picture, to which I was extremely proud of all the hard work I put into it. To have her take one look at it and say "Hmmm that's nice." then she proceeded to crumble it up and throw it in the trash right in front of my face! Can ya imagine the pain I felt? To know her unspoken words tore into my lil childs heart. I never shared anything with her after that.
I love creating, Ya name it, I've probably done it. I'm self taught because when I was lil I had to wear braces from the hips down and couldn't go otuside to play. So I entertained myself with Crafts, Poetry and Art. My first quilt (doll size) I made when I was only 6 years old. To this day I still dabble with all kinds of creativeness.
So my first encounter with my art critic (my mother) Made me leary of what people think of my artwork. I've learned to wonder if people really like my work or are they just saying they like it to make me happy. But seeing how the simplest item I created is being wanted by people who don't know me well, is a sign that "POE, Ya can do it!"
I'm excited to say I've created these wrist warmers for 3 clients for a total of 13 sets. WOW, go me! I know it sounds simple, and that being an artist I'm supposed to be full of myself & declare "I'm the greatest artist of all time." Honestly, that's not in my nature. Don't get me wrong, I love what I create and bring to life. But to know others want what I've created brings me to a whole other level of being creative, and makes my heart soar!
To think that the promise I made myself would take flight in a direction I didn't even know it could. Is truly impressive. Which goes to show me, NEVER, EVER give up your dreams! Putting myself out there is a HUGE step in the right direction. So today I made some business cards and am charting my path to new heights. After all no dream is worth dreaming if ya not willing to see it through.
So do me a favor? Make ya dreams take flight! It's NEVER too late to see ya dreams come true.