This blog chronicles my yearlong journey of creating a collage every week for the year of 2012. As a frustrated artist living in the Virginia suburbs, I sought to both confront and integrate my multiple identities of artist, wife, mother, and suburbanite, determined to prove to myself that my land of mini-vans and cul-de-sacs could be compatible with inspired art-making. Breaking from the escapism of my previous body of work, depicting imaginary landscapes, I instead chose to embrace the real beauty to be found all around me as my subject matter, finding inspiration in the details of my everyday life.
Juggling a busy schedule of art, work and family, the steady practice of making small drawings became the foundation of my collages. A commitment to weekly creativity brought a new momentum and spirit of discovery to my work, resulting in a heightened sense of curiosity, gratitude, and the ability to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. This project explores what is achievable in tiny increments over time, by committing to small consistent actions and an attitude of openness to what is here, now, in the present.
After completing fifty-two collages in 2012, I decided to start living a full-time creative life. In the summer of 2013, I introduced Laura Wooten Studio, offering Surface Design, Art & Illustration for fabrics, stationery, books, and home goods. I am now living my dream as a full-time artist, with eyes wide open and a new awareness of what is possible through commitment, gratitude, and an open heart.