Finding My Voice

 Balance #18 21"x17" - cotton, dye, thread

Balance #18 21"x17" - cotton, dye, thread

For many years, I wandered around in textile art land making a trail of pieces, feeling somewhat dissatisfied with each one, but not really knowing why.  Nearing the end of 2013, frustrated with my scattered, indistinct voice, I stumbled upon the online classes offered by Lisa Call.  In March 2014, I started Lisa’s class “Working in a Series” and my life (and my family’s!) hasn’t been the same since. 

In the class, I chose the theme of a series (Balance), learned how to focus in on what I wanted to say, narrowed how I was going to say it, and produced a ton of work during the 12 week class. I learned new ways of looking at artwork, and at my own work in particular. The class curriculum, Lisa’s excellent support, and her strong encouragement to stretch well beyond my comfort zone, allowed me to make leaps I never would have made working on my own.  

After the class was over, I felt like I had lots of material to work on, and plenty of ideas.  I worked alone in my studio for about six months, but began to feel the need for connection and feedback. I decided to join Lisa’s year long online Master Class group. The members of the group are from all parts of the world, and bring a wealth of experience, and a fascinating diversity of styles. I highly recommend working with someone who can help you develop yourself as an artist, whether locally or online as I’ve done.