Ringing in 2011: artisan resolutions and predictions - Part ONE

As the clocks winds down on 2010, it's time to look ahead to the New Year. We asked artisans around the world for their predictions and resolutions.  New techniques? Personal goals? Emerging trends?

As the handmade movement enters a fresh year, these team members share with us what they hope to achieve, and what their art might look like this year.  Here is Part One of our two-part series. Look for Part Two later this week.

For embroidery artist Rose of Waterrose, "my resolution is to learn at least one new form of embroidery and then design some pieces based on this new ability. I'm really excited to create something with the newly discovered and learned technique!"

In 2011, Swedish artist Britta, from birribe, is "working on some new textile jewelry for the next year. It will be a surprise. I will try to use the material in a new way. For the new year I wish to exercise more to improve my physical condition. That´s easy to think about but hard to do."

Evelyn, the artisan behind Sumikoshop, who lives in an Italian coastal town, says that she's "waiting for the results of a collaboration (to be a surprise) and I plan to make new hair accessories." You can check out both in her shop here, in the coming year. 

Lee, the North Carolinian pottery behind OneClayBead, wants "to explore a new motif- penguins. I have so many penguin poses in my head waiting to take shape."

Dutch designer Bai from ThongbaiTong says that her designs in the past have been 'all over the place', as she's worked to create a collection that's fun and practical.  "In 2011 I will work on themes and the first theme will be fun, modern clothing items with a '20s influence - Flapper and Art Deco styles. I have touched on this in my skirts and dresses that have boldness, geometry and contrast. But more distinct designs will come this year. My second resolution is to focus on the quality of the materials used. I want to use the best quality fabrics and materials that I can find for every piece of clothing."

Austrian beadwork artist Viktoria is "working on a completely new design for beaded pendants, to broaden my range. I think they might be great to be worn to spring and summer fashion." Look for them in her shop, Donauluft.


Monica said...

I am very excited to see all the new work waiting to be made by this team!

Rita alias alatvian said...

Many thanks to all of you for sharing!

Happy and very creative New Year to you and the yours!

WolfeWoman said...

I love knowing what others are dreaming up for 2011- thanks!
Lee/ OneClaybead

Thongbai Tatong said...

This is getting so exciting. Another great article, Jen. Everyone is so enthusiastic about their new designs and resolutions. Thank you for letting me share mine.

Happy 2011, everyone!!

Waterrose said...

I can just imagine each of us busily at our work tables coming up with all of these new designs...so much fun!

*Evelyn* said...

beautiful post !!
thanks so much ;)

Decorate the Diva said...

This new year is looking great from the agteam!

::: PetitPlat Food Art ::: said...

Oh very interesting post!
I don't have any goals or resolutions, but it's great to read other's :)

Happy New Year!

donauluft said...

Oh, everybody seems to be at the ready!
great to read this, Thanks Jen!!!

PoleStar Jewelry - Handcrafted said...

this was so interesting! I love to see everyone's plans and dreams. It is also nice to see others with hopes for the future of their shops as well.

birribe said...

A new fresh year is alway´s so exciting.It shall be great to see your new work.
Happy new year to everybody

gretchenmist said...

so exciting to read these new year plans ~ i love the boost that the start of a fresh year gives.
eager to see what we all make :)