Hello! In brief, we can chalk up my absence to pneumonia. I won’t go into detail because those weeks are lost. But I have three things that made the whole experience slightly more bearable. Aside from a variety of western and non-traditional medicines, I found some comfort in: Bronchial tea, herb throat drops with an effervescent center, and the best travel pillow ever (even though I stayed within my own four walls).
Now that I am feeling more like myself, it’s all things 2015. Here’s my daily journal to start off the year:
This year I want to make something each day. By hand. I’m trying to create more than I consume. I want to make intelligent mistakes (craft-wise)—the kind that I can articulate to you so you can avoid them. I want to create with abandon. I purchased a year-long goal calendar from Elise Cripe. If I make something, or make progress on something, the circle gets filled. Perfection won’t happen here, as I am a realist, and I know that one good flu bug could wreck this house for weeks. Or a crazy day pops up. Or a friend is visiting from afar. But my little mantra for 2015 is: create daily.
All this creating feels great, and freeing…maybe a little too unstructured. So I’m adding in a small caveat: prizes. In addition to creating with abandon, once weekly, I’ll craft a prize.
What: A Prize Year is a year-long project where I am creating a prize ribbon once a week. At the close of 2015, I’ll ideally have 52+ prize ribbons, and more importantly, have experienced the creative ebbs and flows of a year-long endeavor (simple, though it may be).
When: weekly, in 2015. Weekly feels do-able. I will reward myself for completing each prize with a notation on my calendar. I bought a very simple kraft paper calendar, and I hand-carved a tiny prize-shaped rubber stamp.
Why a year-long project?
This is a creative exercise for me. The weekly format and prize form provide a structure, but beyond that I will try to not limit myself in regard to materials. I could, of course, assemble 50 prizes now, and dole them out over the year. But I’m really interested in the process. I’m curious to see how the project evolves, and changes. I’m uncomfortable with the idea of a year-long commitment, creatively, and that is precisely why I’m pursuing it.
Except for that perfect attendance award I “won” in high school, I‘ve never actually won a prize. But I love the shapes, textures, varieties of prize ribbons. Historically, they were personally ornamental. Then militaristic, designated for royalty, and symbolized valour. I want to delve into the history and craft of ribbonery. I want to acquire some old equestrian ribbons, and dip them into Plasticine. I want to make ribbons out of paper, and felt, and fabric. In a variety of shapes and sizes. I like that prize ribbons can be serious (think Nobel Peace Prize), or irreverent (You finished a spool of floss—way to go!)
Who: Me, the one-woman hand-making, prize-loving crafter. And YOU, if you’d like! (if you use Instagram, tag your photo to #aprizeyear, or send me a link; I’d love to see your prize creation).
So, that’s my windy road map for 2015. Care to join me?