Although my 52 Weeks of Art Plate project only required me to make 52 plates, I just couldn't stop there. So may I present to you...Plate 53!
I find it interesting when I read about people wanting to take a break from Facebook. I can understand why they might want to do it, but I don't think I ever will. Almost everything that I have that is good in my life is because of Facebook....my job, where I live, opportunities I have been offered, and some of the best friends I have ever had. I guess it just depends on what you use it for. All I know that Facebook is my friend and I will always be grateful to have it in my life.
I credit Facebook for introducing me to one of the greatest people I know, and I am honored to be able to call her my friend. Back when I was on my two year 'sabbatical', I networked on Facebook with a bunch of artsy people that I had admired in my Cloth Paper Scissors and Somerset magazines. One of them was Jane Eileen, who had a project featured in an issue of Sew Somerset. Turns out she lives in the Phoenix area, where I lived at the time, and we had a mutual friend. We almost crossed paths one day at a local art event and realized this through a post of mine on Facebook. Since that day, we started chatting often and finally met each other in person that year at Art Unraveled. She invited me to have a 'play date' in her studio and happened to mention that she saw a post about iLoveToCreate needing someone to work in their ceramics department. I went home and checked it out...turns out what they were looking for fit my expertise perfectly! I applied for it, got an email back saying they were interested the next day, and the rest is history. I credit Jane for getting me to where I am today.
Our friendship has grown exponentially since then. Even though we have completely opposite personalities, we have so many things in common that keep drawing us to each other (our love for art retreats, doughnuts and sarcasm, to name a few). She recently took a 'vacation' and came out to Fresno to spend 4 days helping me organize my studio. She claimed to enjoy that kind of thing (opposite personalities to the max!), although after the second day I think she was over it. But she kept going. She was like a drill sargaent and worked me hard! The end result was something I could never in a million years picture...an organized and functional studio. I whined and complained the whole time, begging for an occasional break, so I hope she doesn't think that I didn't appreciate everything she was doing for me. I really can't thank her enough because I know this isn't something I would ever do on my own. She taught me so much about how to organize things, and after she left I couldn't wait to apply what I learned to the other rooms in my house and my cubicle at work. The only things she asked for in return was for me to take her to the local art supply shops and to Baskin Robbins (twice). I think I could handle that!
I made her this plate as a small token of my gratitude. I used a quote about art which I thought was fitting and used her favorite colors. I think she liked it because she carried it around in her bag while we went shopping because she didn't want someone to break into my car and steal it. That was quite a feat because it's not small and I'm sure it started getting heavy after awhile!
I am so grateful to have a friend like Jane, and to Facebook for making our friendship possible! I wish we lived closer so we could make art and eat ice cream together more often.