Really looking forward to my next art fair … ‘handmade at the Factory’ ….definitely has an interesting ring to it. Not very likely I would put the two together…. ‘handmade’ and ‘factory’. But it works!!! Handmade on a ginormous scale! Many artists and designers selling in the Factory over one weekend. I am ready for this most interesting experience.
So…..got some upcoming trading dates!!!
14th September 2019
5th October 2019
14th December 2019
I’ll be at the Portobello Artisan Market
9 – 5pm
Tavistock Square, Portobello Road, W11
palo santo stick….smoking 😁 tomfoolery
I got the best review today!!!
You will change the way books are made
….and it has made my day!
Customer bought this book…
Made all the hard graft, passion worth it. I will hold fast to that affirmation and keep creating.
So grateful for the amazing feedback I have received today at the Portobello Spanish Festival.
Another interesting day ahead….been hard at work-ish.
Work in progress…..
Concertina journal featuring handmade denim paper. The denim paper has very interesting textures….credit goes to 6th form students of Highshore School, Camberwell (part of the handmade @ Highshore initiative).
I’m really looking forward to trying out some more paper these students are making.
I really haven’t posted in ‘forever’ but….(that’s beside the point). Delighted to be back…(baby steps). Just got overwhelmed with everything else…my 9 to 5 especially.
Feel like I’ve got my ‘mojo’ back and can finally get on with what feeds my creative energy…
18th January 2018
Definitely getting the hang of this… (practise makes perfect et al). Okay…truth is…I’m buzzing this morning…most definitely got my groove on…just joined folksy …(loving the listing process right now – so good to ‘blurb’ about ‘what has inspired’ my artwork)
Folksy seems more geared towards the ‘handmade’ and it’s for ‘homegrown talent’.
Ha! Never referred to myself as ‘homegrown talent’ before…I’m either becoming ‘big headed’ or growing in confidence. I choose the latter (lest I burst my own bubble).
22nd January 2018
Spent all weekend working! (Definitely felt like work – administrative tasks). Well…fun-ish admin tasks…endlessly taking product shots and listing them. Got some new app Camera+ and photos look pretty okay (post production) but thecream of the crop is some Craft Pricing Calculator app…(where have you been all my life?). At least, now when (not if) I am put on the spot re: pricing a commission, I can enter figures and boom! Defo going to make figuring out prices so much easier for me!
So….aiming for at least 100 products listed on Etsy and preferably another 100 on Folksy. Not that I have any idea how that is in the least bit feasible. But one can dream eh? Even burning the candle at both ends would be a stretch…being both employed and self employed. My day job takes up ‘daylight’ hours and working till midnight only to get up at 5.30am is no picnic.
Made a school boy’ error that caused me to be 4 days overdue in sending a customer order. Did not update my postal preferences for custom orders. Giving myself no breathing space to create a screen printed concertina journal from scratch. (Whilst holding down a full time ‘second job’). It has been gruelling…I have loved it and loathed it at the same time. Loved creating…loathed my ‘second job’ getting in the way of a very tight deadline.
Now I can breathe easy cos just sent the order to Canada. Just hope customer is not too peeved at delay.
Now off to let Etsy know package has been dispatched. Yay me-ish.
There are a million and one things I would rather be doing tomorrow morning and going to work is not one of them!!!
I’ve got a deadline looming …I really wish I didn’t need to work as an employee to fund my art practice.
I really wish I could afford an assistant right now. Going to have to find a way to squeeze a week’s worth of graft into two days. Have no idea how I’m going to pull it off but I have to.
Maybe I should call in a sickie.