I had my last day of teaching yesterday. Strangely, I wasn't as emotional as I thought I'd be--it felt like it was the right time, and I biked away from the school at 4pm feeling pretty nonchalant. But I wanted to commemorate the day anyway, and luckily the new art teacher, the lovely Michelle, was there and happy to mark the day. I presented her with my succulent plant, which I'd had for over two years, and she gracefully accepted it. I'm excited to see how she settles into the job--I know she'll do great. I'll visit often, gotta visit my dad after all, and there are kiddos I want to keep tabs on. So there it is. Four years almost to the day, a pretty epic education on human nature, mental health, and my own strengths and weaknesses. I'll never regret a single moment of it. And I'm out.
And on to the next thing, my new-ish venture into the textile marketplace! I've been on the Etsy train before, but this time around I'm a little older and a little wiser. My goal at this point is to get an online store up and running as a sort of side business while I'm in graduate school. I want my products to complement my conceptual work, function alongside it and serve as a more readily consumable version of it. Currently, I'm making lots of dip-dyed towels and tote bags, as well as some screen printed tote bags and other pillow-type items. I'm really into both of these techniques right now, as they both feel very quick and simple and can be repeated very efficiently. I love repetition, and plan to explore that in my conceptual work come September. so this feels pretty natural. I'm excited to see how it goes.