This morning I finally completed the last of the Connecting Thread commissions. For those of you that are not aware of this massive project in which I threw myself whole-heartedly, may I please direct you to the blog. The art tour first planted itself into my mind nearly three years ago. Shoots sprung out and eventually it grew to encompass my entire life. At times it was exhilarating, exciting, I couldn’t believe I was doing it and at other times it was draining, exhausting, it tore my life apart (or so it felt) and I’ve had to recover a little from it. This is not an exaggeration.
And so. I have finally completed the last of the commissions from that project. As wonderful as the adventure was, I am ready to put it away – tucked up in its suitcase – and not look at it again for quite some time.
There are many good and new things on my horizon. I can now move on to completing commissions for a few Edinburgh Skylines, some family homes, a project for WORDfest Crawley and a piece to donate to the Fox Theatre in McCook to help raise funds for renovation. I’m also ready to get the print production going and start taking them into the shops that currently sell my originals. I think this is a useful step and am anxious to see how they are received.
It’s good to be able to physically put the past behind me. I have my box of Connecting Thread printed fabrics, several Exeter cathedrals, Homesteads, Stowford Papermills and McCook water towers left over from the tour. These will all be carefully folded and stored away. I may look at them again at some point. I may make something else of these. Or not.