A Year of Shared Intention
2019 is a transitional year for our family. All of our children are shifting into daytime school environments for a portion of each week. Our studio artwork business is celebrating 10 years of existence. Our extended families are also experiencing transitions. We’re no longer operating as a “start-up” but have transitioned into a long term studio practice with significant experience.
In recognition of these transitions we’ve decided to spend some personal and studio time focusing on relationships with ourselves, each other, as caregivers to our family, and with our community. We’re interested in setting a weekly intention related to these relationships and identifying the challenges that come to us in these roles.
We plan to spend time at the beginning of each week setting an intention. Each month we’ll follow a loose theme, but also be open to new themes throughout the year. We’ll each create a weekly artwork focusing on jointly identified concepts of intention as they relate our roles within these themes and challenges.
Brooke will be creating a drawing following in the tradition of the fraktur, that illustrates the weekly theme. Justin will be creating a ceramic vessel, or jug, traditionally meant to hold liquid for sharing. The fraktur will be used to decorate or adorn the ceramic vessel, applied as a decal, and carrying the emblem of the weeks shared intention.
We hope these pieces will help us to embrace confidence, bravery, and relationship. We hope to identify some methods of relationship building that will enable us to become better parents, partners, and community members. We hope to try new things with a positive attitude, consider humor as a response to failure, and to help others approach challenges bravely and authentically.
At the conclusion of the year, we’ll plan to share the handmade vessels with our national community. We’ll send the vessels to select community members highlighting our process of setting an intention, and encouraging shared dialogue.
We’re living in a time that often feels heavy. Many things in our daily lives present overwhelming challenges. The challenges surrounding parenting, politics, our environment, relationships often seem insurmountable. We recognize that our response, and contributions, matter. We need to keep showing up. We want to meet these challenges. Showing up here is how we begin.