I left my beads at home for this first semester because of limited time and the first year of university and small dorm rooms. I'm probably going to leave them at home again - you'll see more crochet things in the coming months. But I was happy to be home and happy to have my beads again. I decided to make rings. My sister's friend came over and liked one of my brick stitch rings from a while back and that spurred me to try new and old things with rings. I don't have much to say about each but I do have pictures!

1. Circular brick stitch

I want to make earrings and have a set using the pattern.

 

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Last semester I did an art class.

I did art but this was different than last year. The class was very open-ended. We would get a prompt, have a week to work on it, and spend two class periods doing critiques once they were complete.

Lessons Learned

1. Don't watch no face
Envy, jealousy, thinking other people are better than you aren't beneficial or pleasant or uplifting. It's just no fun. Since we were allowed to choose our media for most of our projects, few projects were alike. There were paintings, stencil cut-outs, computer-generated drawings, sculptures, the works. I realized that I could sit down and wish my things looked like other people's but I'd probably just go mad. So I made a conscious decision not to.


2. Make the most of what I have
Most of my pieces used pencil crayons because I had pencil crayons. I'm not sure how much art I'm going to do moving forward and I didn't want to buy sets of paint that I'd only use once.

3. Relax and have fun with it
I stopped worrying about whether my ideas were deep or intellectual. I made Box!  - a box filled with crochet chains that you had to stick your hand in and trust that I wasn't crazy - because I like soft things and I wanted people to be surprised and excited. I made the map of my Esterana because I wanted people to check for themselves whether there is an island southeast of Jamaica.

Here's some of what I did.

Home is where



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