Showing posts with label cross stitching. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cross stitching. Show all posts

January 26, 2014

Finding your Niche

detail of cross stitching
Apparently finding your niche is all about specializing in your own individuality, or so the countless articles I've just read declare, including this interesting one from the Huffington Post.

My problem is I want too many things at once.
It happens in my art and in my everyday life. I just wrote in my journal about wanting to make a painting that was both lush and bare at the same time. I'm all about dichotomies; the control and repetition of cross stitching, the aggressive messiness of painting. Separately it's about trying to combine everything I know into one piece, which I already know doesn't work, but I keep trying.

I envy artists and designers who are so focused on that one thing they do well.

They've found that niche and are working it to death. 

And they're making money off it because I suppose the appearance of that kind of obsessive dedication is more appealing than a little bit of everything for every one. Case in point, I just read a wonderful, inspiring article by John Gravois of Pacific Standard all about the oddly successful niche of selling toast in San Francisco.  

So simple and to the point. 

Why can't I be that smart?
I have so many things I'm trying to do at the same time, if I don't have a list to check off each day I get lost. Right now I am working on two separate to-do lists, one for artwork and one for everything else. The everything else list runs the gamut from food shopping and going to the bank, getting the computer fixed, to looking for that masking fluid I'm not sure I still have. The art list includes appropriate boxes to check off each time I work on a particular project: watercolors, collages, cross stitching, laundry meat rope, & spray foam paintings. 
It doesn't seem very conducive to finding that niche but I am working hard......

works in progress. part of my cross stitch project

the plan is to attach the smaller pieces to create sculptural forms,

like I started to do here. hard to see but this is three dimensional

each piece measures about 4-6 inches