2015 Year in Review

It’s been quite a year for me, though that may not be so apparent for all my lack of activity here at Illumine Artisan Works. I keep saying I’ll try to post more, but perhaps I’m not really the blogging type. We’ll see! I’ve made a lot of changes to how I spend my time on social media recently, so hopefully I will have more time for more updates here. I certainly have been crafting quite a bit!

The first part of the year was dominated by preparations for Animazement 2015. I have dreamed of selling at craft fairs for many years, and this year I was finally in a position to do so. I spent much of February through May preparing my stock for the convention. I also finished a cosplay (my first in a couple of years), participated in several craft swaps, rediscovered my love of spinning and fiber art, made a few fabric designs, and caught the sewing bug.

The convention itself was a bit of a disappointment for me, which I have talked about on the blog previously. The things I like to make are not necessarily the things other people want to buy, and being by myself at a booth all weekend can be very isolating. This experience kind of got me down and I took a break from Illumine Artisan Works for several months.

In the meantime, I spent a lot of time sewing. I was very fortunate in the first part of the year to get a new job, which in addition to surrounding me with lots of amazing people and a wonderful creative environment, gives me access to tons and tons of beautiful fabrics. I’ve sewn several new garments for myself and some for others as well. It feels awesome to be able to do this! I also got major work done on a new cosplay for MAGFest 2016, which I will be posting photos of once it is 100% complete.

In November, I was invited by one of my coworkers to assist her at her table at Durham Comicon. It was an eye opening experience for me! It was very low-key compared to Animazement, since I was just there as a helper (though I did bring a few of my items). Since there were the two of us, we both had much more free time to go out and explore the convention, as well as just having each other for company. It re-inspired me to try selling again, just this time I’ll make sure I have a partner to help me! I had a really great time at the con and Animazement 2016 is certainly not off the table at this point.

December has been spent sewing up a storm to prepare Christmas presents for my family and friends. I have had lots of fun doing so, but it has also been exhausting! It’s over now though, so all that’s left is for me to enjoy the holidays… as well as get started on all my crafty plans for the new year! I have rediscovered spinning (again) and am trying new techniques for patch-making. Oh and of course there are more cosplays to do! 2016 is looking pretty good for crafting.

See you in the new year!

-Liz

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