Farewell, 2014

 

Photo credit: Mike Tan. Taken at Market Collective. 

As I am typing this, 2014 is only several hours away from completion. While I don't make a big deal out of New Years, I do think it's an excellent excuse to reflect on the time that has passed, and try to sum things up in one way or another. 

Without a doubt, 2014 has been the best year yet! I cannot express enough grattitude for everyone who has been a part of it in some way. From my friends and family who continue to support both myself and my work, to my many fellow makers/artists/new friends who share the same passion for our craft. I've had the pleasure of having some great conversation with equally great people who have said some of the most encouraging words a stranger could say. And for everyone who now owns a piece of Folly a Tet, or has gifted a piece, I could never thank you enough! You truly do own a little piece of my heart and soul. So corny, but it's true. 

This year has been full of exciting changes, new strategies, and a ton of hard work. I always like to make a list of some of the great things I either accomplished or experienced, and this year I feel like sharing. So, in chronological order: 

-Attended my first Commonwealth Collectors Club as a vendor. It was -30 that day, and there was still a lineup to get in. 

-Started needle felting. I was looking for a way to make my own larger beads and spheres in different colours to use in Folly a Tet. After deciding that polymer clay wasn't right, I decided to give needle felting a try, though I had no prior interest. It was a perfect fit for my textile-based accessories, and I'm happy to say that I really enjoy the repetitive, meditative qualities of needle felting. And after doing it nearly every day for the past 9 or so months, I've gotten pretty damn good at it. 

-Spring/Summer markets. Favourites include Creative Culture Calgary's first show & sale in April, and PARKsale in June. I met some lovely people, including Mayor Nenshi, and had the adventure of my first outdoor market. 

-Made excellent use of the BEST spot on the riverbank near my house, and swam in the river for the first time. One day, I swam with ducks!

-Went to the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds concert in Calgary. 

-Met Nick Cave.*******

-Went to see 20000 Days on Earth the following night, a film about Nick Cave. I'm obsessed, I know. 

-Turned 27.

-Started weaving. I only had use of my right hand, but I got the sudden urge to make a cardboard loom late one night, and try my (one) hand at weaving. I was instantly hooked. Now, it is one of my favourite, most satisfying practices, and I can't wait to see where it leads in the next year. 

-Made the executive decision to introduce home decor into Folly a Tet. Wise, wise choice. 

-Did some rebranding on Folly a Tet, with excellent results! 

-Went on an awesome road trip to Vancouver & Victoria with my man. 

-Got right back to work as soon as we came home from our trip, and didn't stop working like crazy until two weeks ago. 

-Awesome September markets. Favourites were Market Collective's 6 Year Anniversary, and Etsy Made in Canada. 

-Took up traditional, wet felting. I can't believe that this time last year, I was neither weaving nor felting, and now that is all I can think of doing. Working with fibres is such a blissful, and fascinating experience. I have already gone from felting small hair flowers, to making a hat and gloves for myself. I am so excited to take my felting practice further in 2015. 

-Survived a slew of holiday markets, and learned some hard lessons. I had a couple of long, unsuccessful days, but was able to overcome any frustration to really learn my customer base, which is so important in this business. Any losses from those markets were made up and beyond by some wildly successful ones, particularly Market Collective. MC was my most successful, and fun, sale to date, and completely cemented the belief that things are falling into place quite nicely. 

-Spent the last two weeks being a lazy Tet; reading, sleeping in, experimenting with felt, and coming up with tons of new ideas for 2015. 


 

This has been the first year that I have gone full time with Folly a Tet, and I could not be happier with my decisions. Thanks again for being a part of it all. 

Thanks for reading, and Happy New Year!

Cheers, 

Carly 


 

Comments

Miyuki

So lovely to read all about your year while waiting to ring in 2015 with my man in the tub!

I love that your passion and love for crafts has brought you to such an amazing path that you continue to pursue.

Love you to pieces, and hope 2015 kicks ass!

PS. Can't wait for my own Folly a Tet pieces for me wedding this year!

Miyuki

Carly Allison

You are the sweetest :) Love you!

xo

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