Monday, December 24, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
I can't believe another year is almost over. I've never been one to set goals. I just sort of take things as they go but if I'm going to succeed as a full time Craftsperson/Designer-Maker/Artist (does anyone know what we are calling ourselves these days?), I'm going to have to make a plan and follow through. So more about that later as well.
Good news from the Shop in Toronto, Margot received them on Thursday and sold two pieces on Friday! Stay warm all.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I felt on different types of silk and here I'm using a Silk Pongee. The felting creates an amazing texture on the back. They are so soft and light but extremely warm.
I'm working on an order for a shop in Toronto called Any Direct Flight so I'd better get to work! Have a nice day.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
And just like that, the One of a Kind Christmas Show is over for another year. Happens every year, I worry and stress until my booth is set up and then I kick myself for never having enough work! The photo of my booth was taken on the second last day after I removed a set of ladders in an attempt to make the other ladders look like they contained more work. My work sold very well I am very happy to report.
Thank you to all those who made purchases and stopped by to talk about the work. Although Felt is considered the 'first fabric of civilization' (it says so on my Hangtags!) alot of people don't know what they're looking at when they first see my work. Most people are amazed when they realize just how much work goes into making felt.
In an attempt to speed up production I'm going to start searching for a small woollen mill that might be willing to custom dye small batches.
The photo of the Christmas Tree was taken outside the Eaton Centre on Younge Street. When you live in a city of just 26-thousand people it's nice to get to the 'big city' once in awhile. take care.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I've been working at the YMCA's Youth Employment Services since August but last Wednesday was my last day. I may work there again, but not until I return from the One of a Kind Christmas Show which is this week in Toronto. I've been working day and night to try and make as much work as possible to bring to the show but with a full time job I probably won't have a much work as I would like. It has been very nice getting a cheque every two weeks. I haven't known that luxury since I left my job at the alberta college of art & design over 3 years ago.
One of the hardest things I have ever tried to do in my life is start my own business. I've made alot (and I mean alot!) of mistakes but I've learned a great deal over the past three years and one thing I know for sure, is that I'm not giving up. I've given up a great deal to try and make this work but these are small sacrifices for the short term that I know I will get back in spades someday soon.
And so, I'm hoping that over the next year things will indeed change for the better, and I'm planning to share all that I learn along the way. The first order of business is to start photographing my work on a regular basis. It's ridiculous that I don't do that. It's the first thing they tell you at Art School....you've got to document your work! Without images you can't apply for anything, and you certainly cannot promote your work if you don't have photographs of it!! Duh! My new best friend is my camera. That, and a list of long and short term goals, but I'll save those for my next post!:)
And finally today, for those of you who do not know me personally, you should know I love animals. I own three cats (Isabelle, Victoria and Coalie), and I live with a wonderful dog name Blackie, and one gerbil and one hamster. Everyday I take Blackie for a walk and mostly we like to wonder around in the woods not too from where we live. I spotted four birds nest today which must be some kind of record! When I spot a nest it's like discovering a secret. Take care.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I'm still trying to figure out how to properly post things and where exactly, they will show up on my Blog. The wooden circles are what I use to resist the dye when I'm creating my 'Circles' Collection. (See the Shawl on the left.) I hand dye all my materials and I work mostly with wool and silk.