I love new techniques and interesting challenges when it comes to much of my life. When I worked at a large department store, I was thrilled that they got a computerized Point of Sale (POS) system and was the first to learn it in my store. Four or five years later I clerked for Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Kay McFarland, and they had just upgraded the office to new word processors where you could actually change a typo before it printed rather than having to type the entire document over. Then, with the help of my college-aged (at the time) daughter, I got a home computer early on and she showed me lots of things she learned in school.
These three things happened from age 28-38. I am (ahem!) a little older now, and newer technology takes me a little longer to learn but I still love it. I especially love incorporating technology and new techniques into my artwork. For my birthday I “encouraged” my sweet husband to buy me a Cricut or Silhouette (die cutting machines often used by scrap bookers and glass artists use them now as well to create and develop designs). He took my hints (and by hint, I mean the e-mail where I sent him all the purchase information!) and, lo and behold, a Silhouette Cameo 3 is in my life!
What sorts of things will I do with mine? I anticipate making designs out of thick cardstock or vinyl and using the cut-out parts to make designs so that I can kind of “fill in the blanks” with glass frit (tiny pieces of colored [usually] glass or glass enamel (glass in a liquid state). Basically I am making a stencil. Here is one I made earlier this year with a stencil artisans from India made. If I use vinyl, I can use it for sandblasting my glass (by the way, that is my next “hint” to my husband, but I will have to wait until at least Christmas!).
Think of the possibilities – if someone was getting married I could put their names and dates on their champagne glasses; I could do full color company logos on glass; I could do amazing snowflakes for cool holiday plates – the possibilities are endless, as they say! OK, I get excited about things about which many people could care less, but it is my art after all! Kind of like our kids – not everyone gets excited about the things we think are amazing! Or my music directing – I get so stoked hearing an ensemble singing difficult and cool harmonies, and most people don’t even notice it and really only recognize the melody line. But it send me to Heaven!
I love taking new classes, exploring new ways to do things, looking for new challenges with my glasswork. This summer I went to California to learn a new technique (at least to me and to many glassworkers) for making glass boxes, both round and square. That may not sound like a big deal to you, but I will tell you all about it next blog and show you pictures, and also explain why this is a challenge. Until next time! Thanks for reading my blog.