Where I Work Part II



Thanks to everyone for all of their thoughful comments and suggestions about my work space.  Where I work is truly an evolving aspect of my creative life.  I am always moving tables around etc. to find how I work.  Now that I am doing more screen printing and printmaking in general I find that I really have to be organized.  I definitely don’t want to get ink on other work in progress!  Here are a few more pictures of my space.  Today I plan to go to the studio to work on new patterns that I drew over the holiday.  I will let you know how it goes.  Peace. Deborah

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2008 Goals for UrbanWIldlowerDOlls

Every year during the last week of December I begin to contemplate what I want to accomplish for the coming year. I have split my list a bit. Half of my goals for the year can be found here. That list is related to my studio art quilts and my painting in general. The goal list you will find here has everything to do with dolls, DOlls, DOLLS!

Expand and Explore. I love to work in fabric. I also love clay and found objects. This year I want to dedicate more time to playing in other media in addition to fabric.

  • Get a membership at the local clay studio to rebuild skills in handbuilding
  • Develop new patterns from sketchbook drawings
  • Play with shapes, sizes and textures for dolls. Create the unexpected.
  • Create prototypes for new lines.
  • Teach new doll classes at the store and at local quilt shops.
  • Draw every day.
  • Attend more openings.

The Business of Art.

  • Print new mailing labels
  • Develop promotional packet using new logo
  • Launch the new and improved website with shopping cart
  • Host launch party for site
  • Plan show schedule for the year.

Last Post of 2007: Looking Back


I have been in the zone today. It rained most of the day in drought striken North Georgia (thank you Jesus for the rain) which gave me the perfect excuse to put on a fresh pair of sweats (okay, I really put on another pair of pajamas) and play. I drew, painted, stitched and sewed to my heart was full and content. This is the first time I have been able to work without a heavy deadline looming over my head. Today I was able to begin new work for the coming year. Yeah!

So, I was prompted to write the looking back part of this post after reading Alyson Stansfield’s blog . Her blog has been a wonderful resource for me. Anyway, she wrote an entry on her blog called Plan Your Wins. Basically she is talking about art goal setting for the coming year. Now goal setting is something I have always done. What made me pause after reading Alyson’s take on this is that she first suggests that we acknowledge, dare I say CELEBRATE, the completion of these — our wins (apologies to Alyson for reducing her concepts here). Selected wins for 2007:

  1. Taking UrbanWildflower Dolls to the next level by giving her a new look and opening a small boutique (THANK YOU to everyone who have made the last six months such a success for us!).
  2. Was the subject of two newspaper articles and one online magazine.
  3. Debuted a holiday collection that SOLD OUT.
  4. Taught 5 quilt and/or doll workshops.
  5. Organized studio office and studio to improve creativity and production.

I thank God for life, love and ART. Here are a few more dolls from my holiday collection. Wishing everyone Peace and Prosperity in the New Year. the urbanwildflower

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