2017 was a pretty big year of growth for my art, especially the last six months. I pushed myself really hard to participate in many art events and create more than ever before. While I'm really happy and proud of the work that I accomplished and the new connections I made, the breakneck pace of the last few months has definitely taken a toll on my health and creativity. For the last two weeks, I've been taking a break from production and enjoying the holidays. I'm ready to get back to work for the new year and have been putting some thought into the goals I want to set for my art production and creativity in 2018. The biggest lesson I learned in 2017 is that I must learn to embrace quality over quantity and that less is definitely more when it comes to my work. While I want to keep creating and allowing myself lots of time in my schedule to create, I'm not going to pressure myself as hard this year to share so much. The pressure of social media and saying "yes" when I probably should have said "no", led to some creative burnout for me by the middle of December. In 2018, I want to allow art to be a big part of and priority in my life while giving myself time to create things I really love and art that makes me personally happy and satisfied.
Here are a list of art related goals I want to try and accomplish this year:
- Start using a sketchbook more.
I haven't really ever been someone that sketches or utilizes sketchbooks to file away and explore ideas. I want to do this in 2018 and see what it does to my creative process. I could totally abandon it if it doesn't work for me, but actively using a sketchbook is something I will try for the next few months. Would you be interested in seeing sketchbook related posts?
- Create 3-D collages and mixed media pieces.
This past semester, I took a paper sculpture class under the instruction of the world renowned paper sculptor, Jeffrey Nishinaka. While his work is quite different than mine and my aesthetic, I fell in love with using paper to create sculptures. I had some success with a few of the projects in class and learned a lot about the technique. In 2018, I'd love to try to incorporate some of these elements in my own art and use them in my own way.
- Incorporate book arts into my art.
In the same semester that I took paper sculpture, I also took a book arts class. I found a lot of success with it and was excited with how it merged well with my aesthetic and collage art. This coming year, I'd love to create more art books and perhaps do a whole series of collage books of various kinds and designs. I'll post my book arts portfolio in the next few weeks so you can see what I'm talking about.
- Make at least four new zines.
I had a lot of fun creating my first eight page zine last year and want to set a goal to create a new one each quarter this year. I have a few ideas for structures, now I need to think about content. I'm excited to brainstorm new ideas and turn them into zines to share.
- Participate in an art show every two months.
In the last four months of 2017, I participated in eight art shows and events. Two a month ended up being a bit too much for me at this point with my other commitments. I definitely want to keep participating in art shows this year, but I want to cut the pace back a little bit. I felt like I wasn't producing my best art while I was putting so much pressure on myself. I want to exhibit things I'm really proud of and create intentionally this year, not just create things to show.
- Use this platform more.
I've had this website for a few years now and haven't utilized it the way I'd like to. In 2018, I want to post more work, share more writing, and even have a shop here on this website. I don't know exactly what that will shape up to be, but I want to make the effort to add a post or item to this website every week.
I'm excited to see where my creative process will go in 2018. In 2017 I learned so much about myself and the reasons why I want to create art. I also learned about the kind of creation that makes me the happiest. Quality is definitely more important than quantity. Although I will probably create "less" art in 2018 than I did in 2017, I know what I create is going to be more satisfying for me and the people who view my art.
What goals are you working on this year? Is there anything about your creative process or work that you're changing? I'd love to hear what you're working on!