Friday, November 04, 2011

A new path



Those of you who have known me for most of my art life, have seen a progression from my first little rubber stamp company called Ornamentum (which I sold less than a year later even though it had grown 500%), then onto organizing the MARS Guild (mail artists & rubber stampers) to plan a convention in seattle, then starting Zettiology and getting involved all over the country teaching art and selling our designs.  Soon after, we held our first art retreat for 50 people at Dumas Bay, a life changing event for me.  We rented an art studio in Snoqualmie and continued to do our weekend art retreats while doing rubber stamp shows, planning my first of 2 Artfests in Bellevue and starting a new magazine called "The Studio".  This then all led to starting a new type of retreat that focused more on workshops and less on the vendor show.  It was also called Artfest and was held at Fort Worden State Park in the year 2000.  In the past 12 years, I finished out 21 issues of The Studio Zine, 4 issues of The Studio Reloaded, 4 Issues of PLAY and then 12 issues of Art & Life.  This finally gave way to doing more events which included PLAY-the retreat, ArtFiberfest and Journalfest.  All the while I was following my gut...even when it was taking me into scary territory.  But each thing was a step higher, a part of my evolution, and an ever increasing way of helping more people in their creative journeys.

In that vein of following my intuition wherever it takes me, I was surprised when I sat down to fill out my 2013 Fort Worden reservation that something didn't feel right.  Up to that point, I really had never given it any thought, but suddenly I was thinking along a different path.  Trust me when I say that I had many many sleepless nights over this dilemma/decision but in the end, my gut was saying that I needed to be ready for the next big thing I was going to do without any future commitments in 2013. 

So I have made the decision to make Artfest 2012 the last big event for awhile.  I am feeling an overwhelming "knowing" that this is the right decision...I just wish I knew what the next BIG thing was as it would make this decision easier to swallow for my friends and family.  

I still feel a strong need to continue renting our Artfest Annex in Seattle and inviting teachers to come do weekend retreats.  I am also feeling like I need to step up my own teaching schedule. I feel open and inclined to plan some smaller art events down the road at new venues.  But there is something on the horizon that I think will reveal itself to me as soon as Artfest 2012 has come and gone.

So before the rumor mill gets going, I wanted you all to know where I am coming from with my decision, what the REAL skinny is and also to thank you all for your part in my crazy and amazing art journey I'm still on.  So, to clarify.  At this date, we have canceled plans for Journalfest 2012.  "PLAY-the retreat" is still on for jan. 2012 (5 spots left) and Artfest 2012 (about 100 spots left) will be the biggest send-off party....ever! 

Stay tuned as the mystery reveals itself.  ;)

teesha moore

32 comments:

  1. Teesha, I think this is an incredible act of bravery and self care and I support you 100%. You have give SO MUCH to the artistic community over the years.I believe that whatever the hands find to do, the heart should go forth in unison and if it's not a HELL YEAH! it had better be a HELL NO! It is a wise person who can tap into their insticts and allow them to guide them.

    I know that whatever you are moved to do next is exactly what you should be doing. When we let go, we allow space for new growth to happen and new things to come into our lives. You GO GIRL!


    Holding positive thoughts for whatever is to come. I know all will be well! xox

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  3. Something's coming...I don't know what it is but it is gonna be grand. The air is humming!

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  4. I'm so happy for you. To take the brave step and follow your heart. That's what it's all about! Even though I can't afford to attend your events, much less travel to your half of the country, I'm will continue to follow you online no matter what you do. Thank you Teesha!

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  5. So excited to see where this dreaming will take you and happy to be a part of the last fest!

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  6. Sometimes people come into your life bringing joy, inspiration, knowledge, and hope. They make a deep and lasting impression on your heart and touch your soul in ways you didn't know existed until you met them. You are one of those special people. I've been coming to Artfest for over 10 years and each year help me grow more as an artist and a creative person. You have a tremendous talent of finding the best instructors and providing the most nurturing environment in which to make art. Thank you so much for all your hard work in making Artfest a one-of-a-kind creative event. And thank you for showing us all how to be brave and live life with ebb and flow. Change is hard but sometimes change is the best thing that can happen in life:) See you in March:)

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  7. PJ Hornberger9:58 PM

    You go girl! When it feels right, it is.

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  8. So sorry to hear about Journal Fest 2012 being cancelled!!! I know that all of us on the shuttle bus were making plans to attend in 2012. I was blessed by being able to attend #2 and #3. My dorm this year was the best and we had such a good time sharing on the living room every night our projects and what we had learned. Definitely added to the experience! I wish you well for the future, whatever you decide to go and do (more teaching yay!!!). Thank you for all the time and energy you, Tracy and your extended family have put into doing these events. Love you!
    Aloha, Kate

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  9. I am so happy that Cathie and I will be able to join you for this one. What a great leap we made to do this, and now I realize why everything came together for us the way it did. Thank you so much for the help you gave us in registering and making plans.

    I so look forward to meeting everyone and seeing the event that everyone's always talked highly of.

    Best to you on your continuing path!

    chris miser

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  10. Something on the horizon, out there taking shape, a dream about to step forward - how wonderful! Kia Kaha (stand strong) in your self belief!

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  11. Good on ya! Face to the sun, heart open and lungs full. All will be revealed in good time.

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  12. Wow Teesha, you've taken a brave step and I applaud you wholeheartedly. It takes a brave woman to take a new path when she's at the apex of success. You've done a great job with ArtFest, JournalFest and and all the others. I think I'll hang around and see what you come up with next... maybe continuing to provide art venues for others, maybe reaching for greater heights solely for yourself. I wish you great good luck and happiness.

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  13. April5:12 AM

    I don't usually post much. I am a lurker peaking around the corner to see what everyone else is doing and saying. I felt a surge of support for you that I had to share, to touch your shoulder and tell you you should always go with your gut, always, always, always. No matter what anyone says. And I was afraid there would be so many "OH NO's. What in the world will WE do!" But I'm reading everyone's comments and tears have sprung up. You are surrounded with love and that is a direct result of you sending it out randomly and steadily over the years. You inspire me to hug my insides and believe in them, to listen to my gut. BRAVO!!!

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  14. Teesha, if there is one thing I've learned in life, it's this -- trust your gut. Be true to yourself and everything will fall into place. I've undergone a major change in my life recently, and as scary as the decision was, I was so glad I took the plunge. I look forward to coming to the last Artfest, and I'm honored to have been given the opportunity to teach there in 2010.

    My best wishes to you always,
    Regina Portscheller
    Albuquerque, NM

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  15. OMG I'm having my knee replaced Dec.12 and knew I couldn't make this Artfest but promised myself that 2013 would be the year. Now I'm wondering what it means for both of us since you are my "Mentor" and I can prove it by the sign saying so on my studio wall! I'm excited for the future for you and know it will be something wonderful that will be fun for all. You have a way making that so. Thanks for all you are and have been to all of us. We love you but can't let go so keep the news coming okay?
    Hugs,

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  16. I havent even met you and I like you already! I am all for following intuition and doing what you feel is right. Trust and believe. Psyched to meet both you and Flora this weekend in Seattle. Julie

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  17. Wishing the best to you in what your future plans hold. I attended artfest 2010 and 2011. I'm unable to attend 2012 but was looking forward to returning another year. Upon hearing this announcement I am left with a hole in my heart. Will I ever see my Artfest frends again? One never knows. Thank you for the memories of Artfest 2010 and 2011. I will carry them in my heart forever.

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  18. Half of me wants to scream, "OHHHHH NO!" but the other half knows you are tapping into the deep, wise woman you are, and whatever unfolds will be amazing. Good for you, trusting that. A bit harder for us, but you know we will be there. It's natural to walk toward the rising sun.

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  19. Anonymous10:13 AM

    I LOVE new paths and reinvention! 'Lan

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  20. Wow, that was a shocker....didn't see that coming but then as the old saying goes, when one door closes another one opens. Following your heart has always led to wonderful things for you and I have no doubt that the future will be filled with more wonderous art adventures. I am ever so grateful to have been a part of Artfest. It really changed the course of my life and for that I can't thank you enough. "Nothing Endures But Change"....Sending much love and best wishes.

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  21. Thank you for taking me with you on your journey albeit vicariously cause I'm all the way here in the Philippines! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  22. You have touched so many, guided so many hearts toward the light, changed so many lives for the better. Thank you Teesha for your lasting influence on my life. All our hands are lifting you up toward your next dream. Thank you and godspeed.

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  23. I can't wait to hear more from you.
    You are always inspiring me.

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  24. Just please, please, please don't abandon your blog journal. It's the only way I have of catching up with the wonderful artistic things youa re doing. I am sure what life has in store for you it will be creative, artistic and wholly you.
    :)
    Teresa aka Tess

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  25. First things first - I send you loving and brilliant support and light for the thing that shows up next for you. How brave you are to leap once again into the unknown. That act alone is stupendous! And Now I know why I was so anxious to attend Artfest in 2012. My first was 2009 and it set me on an amazing path of creativity and inspiration, leading me to my first studio, then my second and now my work is in a gallery! You're a goddess and a mentor and a teacher and a holder of bright creative energy. Many many blessings on your journey.

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  26. Anonymous10:37 PM

    You go GIRL! I am so proud of your accomplishments and know you have changed the lives of so many people. I have attended "all" Artfests and know how they have been a life changing experience for me and my friends. Artfest 2012 will go out with a "BANG" and I am so happy to be there with you and Tracy for this "Celebration".
    ARTFEST ROCKS!

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  27. Anonymous10:38 PM

    anonymous said is from Gypsy Pamela

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  28. Oh Teesha, this sounds like absolutely the right decision for you. And I agree with Lelainia 100% on it has to be HELL YEAH, or nothing. I agree with so much that has already been said. Thank you for everything you have done for us, and all the best for everything that is ahead of you. I though you might like to see my reflections on Artfest in my life (yep, you got me blogging again after 2 months!) Kel's Space... the end of an era

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  29. Anonymous7:11 PM

    Teesha, you started my path to art. I will always be grateful for that. The idea that Artfest no longer will be there is sad for me, but I am happy for you. Of course you have made the right decision. You are a role model for living by intuition. It is the greatest force in the world. I'm sure it led you to art and creativity and the enormous influence and inspiration you have lavished on all of us for so long. I will be there for the last one. I am sure it will be special. Waiting for the next big thing will be full of anticipation and like opening a new gift. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being you.

    Best, JK Gent

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  30. I am so glad to be going this year....even more so now after this announcement. Looking forward to seeing what is next for you. Blessings! Jess Greene

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  31. Anonymous11:44 AM

    I really must let you know that I am very sad to loose this opportunity to meet my tribe again. I learned so much about myself and my abilities at Artfest and the fun of being with like minded people is a feeling that I will never forget. I was shocked and saddened to learn that I will never again be able to attend the event.

    However I must applaud your bravery and your insight and wish you all the good fortune that the universe has to offer up to you and yours.

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  32. Anonymous1:08 PM

    Too bad there couldn't have been any consideration given to having SOMEONE ELSE do Artfest - but I understand there is a huge ego involved, and this must be about doing what the ego wants. After nearly losing a kidney last year, my kids were going to send me to Artfest 2013 as a celebration of being well. Alas, not to be.

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