Another year and another anniversary. I thought that last year celebrating the 5th anniversary of The Textile Blog might well have been the last, but here we are again.
I must first of all thank all of my readers, The Textile Blog would certainly have shrivelled up and died without you. Thanks also to all those readers that have left imaginative, intelligent, and perceptive comments; you know who you are :) Also, a big thank you to all of the followers of The Textile Blog on the larger platform that includes Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube. Also a thank you to all of the interesting and diverse individuals that have linked with me on LinkedIn, it is much appreciated.
So what have I been up to in this last year? Well, I have been consistently adding articles to this site, which I hope that you have all enjoyed. Admittedly, many of the posts to this site have become more concerned with the two subjects to which I feel a particular passion, and both of which I feel are intimately connected, namely human creativity and the role of nature as prime source of inspiration. I don't apologise for the concentration on subjects that I feel are important, this site was always one where my own personal perspective was the deciding factor. The thoughts expressed were and are from my own unique position on the path of life, no one else's. I hope that I make sense most of the time and I do so hope that the connections I make resonate with some, if not many of you reading this.
Illustration: Photograph taken locally by me today.
I have been able to expand my writing into magazine formats, which I have enjoyed. My thanks to Boukje Mulder at Handwerken Zonder Grenzen (HZG) magazine for her consistent and sensitive help and support whilst writing my regular articles for her. I also want to thank Marcia Young and Leanne Jewett at Fiber Art Now magazine for their support whilst writing articles for their magazine.
There are more ebooks in the pipeline, the next will use Art Nouveau and nature as its subject, I'm planning for that to be out shortly. There are also other plans and ideas that I will be rolling out as the months go by, though I am keeping them close to my chest at the moment as they are in the early stages.
I would like to thank consistent online friends from all corners of the planet, near and far. They are too numerous to mention, but they are all important and make such a difference to life, all for the better. Most I will never meet face to face, but are still just as valued as if they lived down the road from me.
Illutration: A bit of a fuzzy Skype picture, but it's definitely me!
Although this article has been dominated by thanks to various quarters, I do think that it is important to sometimes stop and take a look at the connections you have made, and the differences those connections have made to your life, your perspective, and your centre. None of us stands on our own, all of us have frameworks and networks that surround us, all are kept going, replenished and renewed by friends, acquaintances, and those we don't even know exist.
I would like to think that The Textile Blog has made some small connection to your lives, and will continue to do so in the future.
My heartfelt thanks to you all