I've been taking a break from the Studio that is, but soon I will have to decide what the next step is. During the show in St. John's in November I realized I had saturized my market because I wasn't selling as well as in the past, and because I had so many people tell me they already owned my work. In Toronto, I think price was the overwhelming reason why I didn't leave the show a rich woman (my work generally starts at $90). So, I either have to come up with a lower priced item or/and design a new product that is just as intriguing as Felt. When you hand dye all your materials and hand make all your product it's hard to make something 'lower priced'. Remember what Julia Child says, "make no apologies". So I'm going to have to design a new product for 2010. In the meantime, it looks like I will have to get a job for awhile and maybe over the next year decide whether I should go back to school and get a teaching degree or become a Chef! David Rocco is helping me to decide on the latter. :)
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I am back from the One of a Kind Show in Toronto and all in all, it was pretty good. Mind you I didn't enjoy the success that my friend Shawn over at island sweet experienced, (well done Shawn!) but all in all it wasn't too bad either. I am neither rich nor poor. And honestly, what the heck else am I gonna do? It was my first time doing all 11 days and I'm not going to lie...it's hard work. Luckily my next door neighbour at the Show was a real treat. Thank you Vesna. And a big thank you to everyone who wished me luck, who bought my work and who just stopped to say they liked the work. Well, of course, it's always nicer if they buy but I guess that's why we go back! Thank you to everyone who has purchased my work and stay tuned for new work in 2010. I will write again soon. xxxb The photo is one of the entrance's to the CNE Direct Energy Building where the show took place. Beautiful.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
One down...one more to go. I'm just back from the Newfoundland and Labrador Craft Council's Fine Craft and Design Show in St. John's. To be honest, it wasn't my best show but I think not because my work wasn't appreciated, but because I think I have saturated the market. I met so many people who told me they already own my work. And you can't really complain about that now, can you? Next year, I'll go with an entirely new product. In the meantime, let's hope I haven't saturated my market in Toronto! Bye for now.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I'm still dyeing outside even though some of my pots are freezing overnight and my cd collection is serving as a 'spot to put things'. I like this crazy time when I'm getting ready for all the shows and I also like the creativity that comes when there is a deadline looming. Of course, I still manage to go for my daily walk in the woods with my dog. (Actually we go for two walks a day). Yesterday we spotted three nests. Kinda like finding a surprise. Nice.
Monday, October 5, 2009
So how do you photograph scarves? I'm just trying out the Lightbox but in all honesty, I think I should be outside on a beach somewhere. I made Creme Brulee on Saturday night for my friend's Birthday Dinner. Unfortunately it was more like Creme Carmel. The fat in the cream is supposed to stop that from happening! Hum...it's nice to have challenges....isn't it?
Friday, October 2, 2009
While it is beautiful outside....not so much inside. However, that just means work is being done. I've made the decision to do all 11 days of the One of a Kind Show in Toronto, in addition to the Fine Craft and Design Show in St. John's, along with my job as coordinator of the show here in Corner Brook. Needless to say, I have a lot of work to accomplish between then and now. What I have noticed when you take on such committments, is that it forces you to start thinking in different ways. You start thinking about creating 'collections' of work because you know it will all be shown together and you also start thinking about colour and colour combinations, not to mention creating new work, and trying to design new booth displays. Chaotic? yes. Enjoyable? Absolutely.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
So here it is September 20th, and hate to say it, but November is just around the corner. Not that I like to wish my time away but for many of us Craftspeople/Makers/Artists, November is the time we come out of our Studios to show and sell our work in Christmas shows and I'm starting to feel a little pressure because I'm planning to do three shows and there's not a lot of time between now and then. I'm taking advantage of all the nice days to get as much dyeing done outside as I possibly can. Is anyone else panicking yet?
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Well fiddle dee dee...I think this is the first time I have ever written three times in a row. Must be something in the air. I forgot to provide the link to Jennifer's Website which everyone should visit if they are on the West Coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. (You are Welcome anytime Lori and Tim!) My friend Shawn gave me her light box which certainly helps focus in on the work and I'll keep working on that. Today I dyed small skeins of silk which I recently ordered from the Silk Tree in British Columbia. See you tomorrow?
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
That's Woody Point on the top. So pretty. Living without Internet, Phone or TV is proving to be not as easy as I thought but I am managing to get a little work done. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with these pieces (and there are a lot more) but hopefully it will come to me soon. It's so hot here and we had the most incredible thunder and lightning storm with the heaviest rain I have ever seen in my life. Happy summer. xxxb
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
At last I'm connected to the world! I am now living without a television, a car, a 'real' phone or internet access... except when I walk down the road to the local cafe. The scenery is beautiful and I'm trying to get work done and even develop some new work, although I have been spending a little too much time on the beach! I've started working with the technique of Shibori again so I'll have some images of that next time. Hope your summer is as inspiring as mine...where ever you are. b
Friday, July 3, 2009
Tomorrow I'm moving to Glenburnie in Gros Morne National Park for the next two months. I've worked very hard this past winter and spring so that now I can spend this time making my own work for a change. I've been moving things down the past week and tomorrow I'm putting my three cats in their little carriers, the dog will sit up front and away we will go. Maybe my blog won't suck anymore. Stay tuned. xxxb
Friday, June 12, 2009
What's the point of having a Blog if you never write? The Blogs I visit, write everyday or at least regularly, and I count on that. Recently, someone I know suggested I was a perfectionist. How can that be? Nothing I do is perfect! But that'a just it, (from what I understand), perfectionists don't get things done because nothing they do is good enough. You know, that actually makes sense to me. Here's another thing I've noticed about myself. I'm soooo busy working in other jobs trying to make money, that I don't actually have enough time to make my own work anymore. So what's the friggin' point?? If anyone has the answer to that one I'd appreciate an answer. ;) In the meantime...I am finally (finally) in the home stretch on the research I was conducting and I will be finished teaching next week. Amazingly, a very (very) lovely friend of mine has given me her 'schoolhouse' for the summer which is located in Gros Morne National Park. (see pictures) If I can't accomplish anything here, I will stop trying. Well not really. With just a week until absolute freedom it's time for me to order supplies so I can take advantage of a few months off until I have to look for another job. lol. xxxb and if you are in the area...please stop by!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Now that I have the fame can fortune be far behind? I'm very proud indeed to be on this month's cover of the Craft Council's Newsletter. Inside I share my design process. Although lately there hasn't been much 'process' happening! what with all the other projects I've taken on. I filed my final report on all the research that I carried out for the Craft Council last week (although I still have a little work left to do) and now I'm on to teaching 21 classes of Grade Two's. We make felt balls for the first project and the second project we are doing natural dyeing. I'm having them 'hide' beans and marbles inside the fabric with the help of elastic bands. With the help of a microwave I'm hoping to have three or four dye pots with exotic and household dyestuff for colour. I also found some rusty nails where I walk each day so I've also set up little 'experiments' to see what happens when you introduce rust to silk. Sometime in June I hope to get back to my own work. Won't that be lovely! xxxb
Monday, April 13, 2009
I'm just a shadow right now (*.*) but my work for the Craft Council is almost...almost complete. There will be a few long days and nights of report writing and a few other tasks to complete but in two weeks it will be done. It is incredible how quickly the past four months have gone by. The month of May will go just as fast as I will be teaching 21 classes of Grade Two students how to make felt and tie-dye bandanas. I can hear the robins outside and in my hand are the Pussy Willows I cut this morning. Warmer weather cannot be too far away?