31 December 2015

The end of the year

My studio all boxed up
Last night I finished boxing up the last things in my studio, ready for the big move on 23 January into the new apartment we are buying. This is so exciting as it has been over eight years since we have lived in our own home, due to our move from the UK to New Zealand
Normally I like to do a review at the end of each year, looking back at what I have achieved and how that compares to the goals I set myself at the beginning of the year. However, this year I do not feel like I have achieved very much as other events, including work but mostly the pending property move, have taken up much of my spare time.
This year I set myself the goal of keeping my intentions simple and "just do what inspires me". I said I would try not to commit to too many events and concentrate on developing my dot mosaic technique and creating some great artwork I can be proud of. When I look back, I have done this but just not as much as I would have liked. 
I have created a few dot mosaic pieces, some of which I have not yet shown here as they are entries in the 2015 International Polymer Clay Awards. The deadline for this competition was extended from 31 October to 31 December 2015, so the judging has not yet taken place.
Originally we were hoping to have moved into our new place before Christmas but this has now been delayed until January (fingers crossed). I am finding it very frustrating at the moment, everything is packed (as we have family visiting for several weeks in the New Year, just before we move) so I cannot do anything creative, yet I have so many ideas going round in my head.
I will just have to be patient. Once we have moved and get settled in, my new studio space should be so much better. For this reason, I am not setting myself any goals for 2016. It will be a year of transition, settling into our new home and getting familiar with new surroundings and hopefully finding new opportunities. I am hoping 2016 will be a positive turning point in both my home and creative life. 


13 December 2015

Polymer Journeys

I was thrilled to receive an invitation, at the end of last month, to submit works for consideration to be included in a new book series (to be published annually or bi-annually) called Polymer Journeys. The book is being published by Sage Bray, publisher of the The Polymer Arts magazine, so I know it will be a high quality book.

I have three pieces that I consider worthy that also meet the date of creation criteria (unfortunately a fourth piece could not put forward as it is a current entry in the 2015 IPCAwards, which is still in the judging process). My submissions were made tonight. I now need to wait until 15 January, when notification of the selected images will be made. Keeping my fingers crossed!

08 December 2015

www.art-stonz.co.nz registered

For the last few days I have had an idea going around in my head and could not sleep the night before last as the inspiration was flowing. So, this morning, I have purchased the domain name www.art-stonz.co.nz. It is very frustrating at the moment, as I am supposed to be packing up my studio for moving house in January. I will have to be patient with putting the ideas into action, as there will be a lot to do setting up our new home once we have actually moved - but I am always thinking ahead! It may be many months before this next venture gets up and running, hopefully in time for Christmas next year. So I will say no more now as it is still a work in progress but I am hoping that if this idea works out, it could satisfy all my creative needs and provide some income.

04 December 2015

A festive night at the Lake House Arts Centre

Here is my table at the Lake House Christmas Shopping Night, with quite a wide range of one-off hand crafted items. The event was busy with shoppers and festive with carol singing on the veranda, even though the sun was shining brightly. (I still find it hard to feel Christmassy in the Southern Hemisphere).

01 December 2015

Opening night of the 2015 Members Merit Awards Exhibition

Tonight was the opening night of the Members Merit Awards Exhibition at the Lake House Arts Centre.
My two entries are 'Green Kiwi' and 'Watching the sunrise over Rangitoto'. I did not get an award at the presentation but can always hope for the People's Choice Award at the end of the exhibition, which I won in 2013.

'Green Kiwi'

'Watching the sunrise over Rangitoto'