I’ve been percolating on what I’d like to focus on/accomplish in 2012, and have decided to focus on fashion design and pattern drafting. Â I will do plenty of other stuff during the year (including weaving!), but my goal for 2012 is to learn how to draft flat patterns for any piece of clothing I care to make, and how to drape clothing Â directly on the dress form. Â I feel like I’ve made considerable progress this year, but I want to develop real expertise. Â This will mean drafting lots of patterns, which will in turn produce a bunch of “concept muslins” – muslins that will show whether my method worked, but which probably won’t be made up into an actual garment. Â That’s OK; you get to be good by practicing, and this will be good practice.
I have a number of other ambitious goals for 2012. Â Top on the list is finishing Autumn Splendor, of course, but the second one is buying a house! Â Housing prices have dropped considerably in the Bay Area, and prices in our area of Sunnyvale have dropped by 30-40% from their peak, if Zillow is to be believed. Â That’s low enough to tempt us into purchasing our first house. Â That means we will likely spend at least part of January and February house-hunting. Â We’ve already started drawing up lists of what we want in a house, and I’m reading up on the prep work involved (getting preapproved, finding an agent if we want one, etc.). Â We’re not in a hurry, but we also don’t have particularly stringent requirements around a house (I couldn’t care less if the bathroom has solid gold fixtures or if the kitchen has granite counters), so I imagine it won’t be too hard to find a place. Â But we’ve never done this before so it’s quite an adventure.
Other goals for the year include:
- finishing the first draft for the book. Â I’d like to accomplish more but there is so much else going on that I don’t know if I’ll finish more.
- write more articles for Handwoven, if the new editor is still interested
- start up a new study group for Complex Weavers (on designing fabrics)
- work more on Complex Weavers publicity (I’m Publicity Chair for CW)
- study weaving
- play around more with my stash of surface design tools/materials
- reduce the amount of $$ I spend on projects
I do not plan to do another Major Project (as in, something that takes more than three months) next year. Â I’ve decided, tentatively, that I will work in biennial cycles: one year studying, one year working on a Major Project. Â This is mostly because I need a break between big projects – do you realize I’ve been working on Autumn Splendor for eight monthsÂ already? – and partly because it fits nicely into the rhythm of the big weaving shows/conferences (which tend to be biennial).
Looking at it, that’s a fairly large number of goals, and I’m sure I won’t get to all of them. Â That’s OK; life is all about exploration, so if I get sidetracked, that’s just fine. Â (As it happens, I didn’t complete a single one of my goals from last year, but am still very satisfied with what I accomplished and learned.) Â But it gives me somewhere to start from.