2005 – Year In Review

by Lisa Call on January 1, 2006

in Goals and Intention

As Alyson of Art Biz Blog suggestions, it’s always good to go back and review our accomplishments for the year.

I would have liked to have made more quilts but I did very little artwork the first half of the year. When I started this list I thought I had done very little for my art business but after compiling my accomplishments it feels fairly substantial. The 2 new websites and the blog have been fairly big investments of my time and I’m thrilled to have landed my first solo show.

Overall I’m quite pleased with how the year went.

Art accomplishments for 2005:

  • I completely finished 12 major pieces this year. A few of these were started in 2001 or 2002 so it was a year to finish up some old work.
  • I designed 18 new major pieces this year. Four of these I completed, 2 are nearly complete, 10 are completed quilt tops, 2 are unfinished quilt tops.
  • Started learning how to draw. Completed 12 small sketches/drawings in 6 weeks.
  • Attended a 2 week workshop with Nancy Crow to improve my skills.

Art Business accomplishments for 2005:

  • Bought a digital SLR camera and Photoshop CS. Then spent a painful year learning new skills to go digital with my images. I no longer have to pay a professional photographer and my digitals are better than his very expensive slides. This was the best use of my business time in 2005.
  • Started a blog to keep a history of my artwork as my paper journaling is lacking.
  • Updated my website (minor update).
  • Built a website for my critique group Material Evolution.
  • Built a website for my online support group Fiber Connection.
  • Secured my first solo show to be held in early 2006.
  • My work was included in these publications:
    Quilt Quilt National 2005 : The Best in Contemporary Quilts.
    Art Quilts: A Celebration : 400 Stunning Contemporary Designs
    Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
    Catalog for Layers of Meaning show.
  • Invited to participate in Take Form exhibit at Quirk Gallery – Richmond, Virginia in 2006.
  • Selected, along with my critique group Material Evolution, to be guests on a new TV show, Uncommon Threads. Attended taping of shows in Burbank, CA in July. Shows will air at some point in 2006 on the channel DIY.
  • My critique group also had a showing of our work at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
  • My work appeared in the following juried shows:

    Layers of Meaning: The Art Quilt 2005 – Contemporary Crafts Museum – Portland, Oregon. Structures #8.

    Quilt National 2005 – Dairy Barn – Athens, Ohio. Structures #31.

    Front Range Contemporary Quilters – Nicolaysen Art Museum – Casper, Wyoming. My piece was included in the promotional flyer. Chairs #8.

    Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum – Foothills Art Center – Golden, Colorado. My piece is part of the permanent collection of the museum. Structures #5.

    Beyond Fibers: New Forms – Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts – Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Structures #19.

    2nd International Miniature Textile Exhibition (Invitational) – Ocean County Artists’ Guild – Island Heights, New Jersey. Chicken Quartet #1.

    Small Works by Front Range Contemporary Quilters – Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum – Golden, Colorado. Structures #45.

    Form Not Function 2005 – The Carnegie Center – New Albany, Indiana. Chairs #15: Cerro Grande – Canyons Burning.

  • Entered 5 juried shows in 2005. I was accepted in 4 (Art Quilts at the Sedgwick 2006, Form Not Function 2006, Beyond Fibers, Front Range small works show). I was rejected from 1 (APEX).
  • Taught my class “Design with half square triangles” at the Great American Quilt Factory in Denver.
  • Sold 3 pieces of art work: Structures #31 (sold opening night of Quilt National 2005), Structures #15 (sold in gift shop at Quilt National Opening), Structures #9 (private sale). This is a record year for sales for me. While I’m not adverse to selling my work, it is not my focus at this time.
  • Drove from Colorado to Ohio to attend Quilt National 2005 opening.


Elle January 1, 2006 at 9:07 pm

I think it is a really good idea to review the past year. It helps to give you a good idea for the new one. You really had a very productive one artistically!

Gerrie January 1, 2006 at 10:06 pm

An impressive list!! My daughter in Portland is getting an slr digital camera. After we move she will be my photgrapher. I’m enjoying keeping up with your creative life.

Lynne Chrapliwy January 1, 2006 at 10:54 pm

Hi! Wow…I really admire your work and the fact that you have made such a successful business of what you obviously love doing. I have been creating some designs lately that I think would translate beautifully as fiber art or quilting. I’d love to know what you think…

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