I have not picked a New Year's resolution, a one little word or even thought about revolutions for 2014, but I'm starting to do things I've always wanted to do.
This week I made an appointment with a gallery owner near home. I make things. I draw. I paint. I craft. I play. I can't imagine not making things, but I've only rarely let myself think about selling them. I'm not much for business. I prefer free and gift to bought and sold. Truth be told there is less paperwork when you give things away. But, I know I'd enjoy doing craft shows and small festivals, so I need to learn how to sell work and market. I mentioned my necklaces to a local gallery owner when I visited to buy Christmas presents. He was interested, so I made an appointment for the New Year. I brought ten domino necklaces with me. He took them all and we had a great conversation about the library-card collages I've been working on. I've been trying to figure out a way to finish the backs and he gave me some good ideas.I did it, something I've always wanted to do. I have a few things at The Artistic Hand Gallery and Studio in Oviedo. Imagine that.
That sharing of good ideas, the explore, the research and development around what works when you are creating and what does not, that to me is what Genius time is all about. I've been following how Deb Day is using Genius time in her classroom here and I've explored Joy Kir's Live Binder on the topic. Think radical autonomy. Think passion. Think drive. We're going to talk it about it next week in class and I'm going to ask students to help me structure it or make it work.I wonder how much time we need though. Do we need it 20% of the time (like Google employees) or would 10% be a good start? At my school that would be the difference between once a week or biweekly. Ten percent does not sound radical. Anything less and I think we'd lose momentum. We'll see what students say.
My genius time tends toward art days in my studio/office at home. I write. I paint. I create. I glue and craft and collage. It took me a year to experiment with dominos to get to the necklaces that I've been making. It was a fun year. A trial and error adventure. I saved markers along the way. I had a few artist friends who would talk epoxies with me and my husband was fantastic when it came to drills and drill bits. I love making things. I know my students do too. I'm excited about the work ahead.