From This Is Not the Life I Ordered, by Deborah Collins
That question may be the reason I dread parties, especially parties with my husband's colleagues.
The thing is, I don't know how to answer. I'm an artist, designer, crafter? I just like to make stuff? I'm playing in my studio?
So this year, I prepared myself the best way I know: by thinking on paper--that is, writing in my journal. It sounds lame to me, but it turned out to be a useful exercise. When someone at the party asked the inevitable question, I had words to explain (whether he understood or not).
1. I'm interested in communication, combining words and images to create meaning.
2. That point of view guides whatever I create: journals, books, wall hangings, cards, boxes, tokens, pillows, blankets, etc.
3. My mission is to inspire creative play, to overcome the obstacles our culture erects.
4. I'm getting ready for the next phase. I already hired a professional photographer to catalogue my work. Now I've been asked to teach and will, if I ever get around to writing a class description.
So where does this blog fit in? I'm not sure, but I've started working on it (in my journal, of course), and I'll let you know when I figure it out.
By the way, the party thing worked great. Thanks for asking.