The best image I can think of my life when looking back to this year is a roller-coaster: rapid moves followed by moments of calmness and then full throttle again. I have the feeling that 2015 never really ended because early this year I had to finish my book on embroidery which I had started working on the previous semester (intense months producing all of the book material, deadlines, corrections, re-doing things I already thought done, etc.) Then I hopped into a super busy business trip to Japan and China for a whole month! And as if these trips were not already time and energy consuming, add the implications of renovating and moving into my new studio in one of the most packed areas in Santiago. In the middle of all this, I made two long trips to the US where I’ve been setting up a new studio while managing to keep my teaching practice both at the school and my own workshops throughout the year.
All this excitement has brought "collateral damage", of course. It’s been hard to align everything as neatly as I would have wanted. The most difficult thing has been finding quality time to focus on my creative process. I’ve missed deadlines for submissions and faced challenges around commissions that in other scenarios would have been easy to cope with. In fact, part of the images I’m sharing here were supposed to be published on a well-known design blog showing my studio BUT I missed the opportunity as I came up with the images way too late (I mean MONTHS too late).
I can’t determine whether I'm a time-management disaster but when I look at this year under a positive light I realise it's been actually an amazing time. I'm so happy to be harvesting the fruits that my own work and life have produced. The quietness and luminous ambience I get on my studio can sometimes turn into a stormy setting but I know they will always come back.
Get a glimpse of my studio in this short video that Cordillera did with me!