At the end of 2013, I decided to make a few changes for the benefit of my business. One of those changes was becoming a freelance architect/independent contractor so that I could focus more of my time on growing Casey D. Sibley Art + Design. The month of January has been amazing (and scary, but mostly amazing). I have been working primarily on my own projects, picking up a little bit of architecture work here and there and taking on another part-time contract architecture position to help pay the bills (and this firm is in my neighborhood so, win!).
I also decided to sign up for a couple of conferences this year. Like, make myself sign up. Conferences can be expensive, y'all. I can't tell you how many times I have been sitting with my finger on the mouse, waffling over whether or not to go to a conference, ultimately chickening out due to sticker shock. Not this year! No sir. So I signed up to go to the inaugural Pioneer Nation in Portland in March. And if the Alt Summit San Francisco conference happens this summer, I will sign up for that one too. I have met some really amazing people locally that have similar business interests, and we always nerd out on this stuff, so I can only imagine the professional high I will get by going to a conference.
Being involved with a community of makers and people that get me has been one of the most amazing experiences over the last year. I love the creative community in Reno and wanted to get even more involved by asking to teach a few classes at the Nevada Museum of Art. And they said yes! So starting February 7th, I will be teaching a couple of craft classes over the next several months. The first class will involve printing tea towels with a rolling pin. And my second class will be all about hand stamping scarves and furoshiki folding techniques. For the spring quarter, I'll be doing another furoshiki scarf class (with a twist), a stationery stamping class, and a sewing class. All of these (except the sewing class) are part of a Girls' Night Out series at the Museum, designed to be a social night out with girlfriends drinking wine and crafting. I am so excited!
So that's what's been going on lately! And I have a few other tricks up my sleeve that I will be revealing in the next few months. When I sat down to work out my goals for 2014, I decided that my word for the year would be "EXPOSURE"...which sounds a little risque when said out of context. This exposure does not involve a trench coat. I'm talking about getting out there and telling people about what I love to do. Spreading the word. Getting feedback. All with the intention of cultivating a livelihood around my passions.
Happy New Year :)