Coming back to the blog after a break is hard. What do I write about? The stuff I did a month ago or the stuff I'm doing today? It's almost a bit paralysing. So I've decided to just start (now there's a piece of advice for all things difficult - just start!) and write about what I did today.
Today I was a panelist for the SAQA International Artist Webinar - Oceania Region. Ok, so today was a little out of the ordinary, I don't do something so exciting every day!
(SAQA is short for Studio Art Quilt Associates.)
It was a pretty cool experience. When Deborah Boschert, the webinar coordinator first contacted me to invite me to be a panelist, I was thrilled, but also a little taken aback. I describe myself as an emerging artist and when I learned the my fellow panelists were to be Brenda Gael Smith and Jenny Bowker, both very established and well known textile artists, I was sure Deborah had made a mistake. But she reassured me that she wanted artists across the spectrum and people with different styles and experiences, so I said yes and I'm so glad I did.
It was pretty informative for me to look back at my work and try and work out what was influencing me when I made it. It's helped me get a clearer idea of my personal style and my artist voice too.
I also talked about moving to live aboard MV Cerego and how I ended up with my studio and art gallery. I could have kept talking for another half hour (I've never been accused of having nothing to say) but our time was limited of course!
Apart from a few nerves as we were beginning, the only real stress for me was finding an internet connection with a good enough speed to make the whole thing work. We had a practice session the week before and my internet here on the boat wasn't quite up to scratch. I uplifted my computer and plugged in at my mother in law's up the road and luckily it worked without a hitch (and I bribed the kids with a special movie and threatened them with beheading to keep them quiet - it worked like a dream...)
SAQA members can listen to any of the webinars anytime by logging into the SAQA members resources page, and clicking the mentorship webinar recordings under the professional development heading.
If you're not a SAQA member, perhaps it's time you were. This is an example of one of the resources they offer to their members. Aside from the International Artist Panels, they have webinars on writing proposals for grants, selling your artwork, organisation and productivity and finding your voice as an artist. I'm working my way through the older ones and learning heaps as I go!