great art projects planned for 2024

Hello everyone!

I wish you all the very best for the upcoming year. With the start of a new year, it’s always an exciting time to look ahead and plan for what’s to come. For me, 2024 is shaping up to be a year full of creative ventures and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Finishing a Graphic Novel ..Lizards Discard Their Tales

One of the first projects I have planned for 2024 is finishing a graphic novel that has been in the works for about six years. This process has been a labor of love, as I’ve poured my heart and soul into creating a compelling storyline and dynamic visuals. I’m eager to put the finishing touches on it and finally share it with the world. If you’re a fan of graphic novels or simply love a good story, I think you’ll find this project worth the wait.

Creating Zines and eBooks … FYI

In addition to the graphic novel, I plan to create a series of zines and eBooks aimed at helping you jumpstart your own creative art projects. These resources will not only provide practical tips and techniques but will also include bite-sized art history facts. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a novice looking to expand your skills, these zines and eBooks are designed to inspire and inform.

Writing and Illustrating a Children’s Book

Finally, if time allows, I aim to write and illustrate a children’s book. This project is particularly exciting to me, as it combines my love for drawing with my passion for storytelling. Creating a book that can capture a child’s imagination and foster a love for reading is a rewarding endeavor, one that I hope will resonate with young readers and their parents alike.

So that’s a glimpse of what’s to come in 2024. I’m looking forward to a productive year filled with art, creativity, and storytelling. I hope you’ll join me on this journey and find inspiration in these projects as well. Here’s to a fantastic year!

Cheers from Karen

 

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Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle: Amazon.co.uk: Hunter, Clare: 9781473687936: Books

All Stitched Up

“If we don’t transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it ” Richard Rohr

So you may be wondering what has transforming pain got to do with “Just Making Art” well, at the moment I am engrossed in a book entitled The Treads of Life : A history of the World Through The Eye of Needle by Clare Hunter and in it the author describes the

Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle: Amazon.co.uk: Hunter, Clare: 9781473687936: Books

 (mostly untutored) textile work of various embroiders who used the skill of stitching cloth as a way of attempting alleviate and hopefully transform their pain. Its a beautifully written book and well worth reading. 

I can understand this mode of self soothing .

Recently I’ve taken to stitching out my anxieties and find it really helps  to use  hand eye coordination to feel more grounded.

stiched up . embroidered self portrait