So, although I've officially been back at school this week, I haven't really done any schoolwork. For one thing, I'm waiting for my drawing books to come in. For another, I don't yet have the supplies for my weaving. I only have myself to blame for not having watched podcasts though. I don't usually watch them while I work because most of the things I do when I work require attention.
I have finished one big commission, a tablecloth. The clients seem pretty happy with it and hopefully I will ship it this week.
Tablecloths take a long damn time! I am also working on a tablecloth and six placemat set. It's taking a while too but it doens't have a strict deadline so I can work on other stuff as well. I have three sets of four napkins that I'm working on now. I will also do some placemat-napkin sets of two for Valentine's Day.
At my last shift at the Museum, I got a million resources. The one I looked into yesterday was RACC, The Regional Arts and Culture Council. They have listings for jobs, grants, and all sorts of things. I haven't finished looking through their calls to artists yet. It's an amazing resource and I'll probably have to spend a few days wading though.
One of the things I found in the calls to artists was a call to knitters to knit panels for blankets that will be given to local homeless people. I've been working on that to try to get it in on time. It's probably going to snow this weekend and not everyone can get into shelters, so I hope I can help someone out. There seems to be a very active knitting-for-the-community scene here in Portland and there are many opportunities to participate.
I'm going to drop off some work at the Crafty Underdog consignment store today. Wish me luck!
I am back to school this week.
School is never really over when you're self-taught, so I have been watching some Art:21 broadcasts, which are wonderful. There have been a number of them that I've watched and so I can't give all the details, but it's amazing to see artists at work, with assistance and big shows at museums. It reminds me to keep at it and that it is possible to make your living at art. I like the energy of a lot of the artists, who just get an idea and then explore it until they are satisfied.
I was in my first Portland craft fair this weekend. I didn't sell much but I got some other things out of it. For one, I was invited to submit work to their consignment shop. I met someone who I might do a show with when my series is ready. I got a lot of positive feedback on my work. Also, a good portion of my Portland friends were able to make it out and support me. I won't be able to do the next one mid January, but I was told that things pick up for February because of Valentine's day. So I am going to try to make sets for two to sell there and at my online store.
I took a class on feather earring making this Friday. It wasn't difficult at all, and it was lots of fun! If I didn't already know that I wanted to do surface design for a living I might make feather earrings, although a lot of people are making them right now. Anyways, it was nice to make a couple of pairs for myself and I got supplies to make one more pair. I need to remember to make stuff that doesn't have anything to do with my work sometimes. It makes me feel a lot better.
I am still working on my three large commissions. They sure take a long time! In the future I will charge more for them, as they are a little trickier than if they were small pieces. But I am happy that I have these ones.
I've written up my new lesson plan under that section of my blog. Check it out! Also, I'm going to go reserve the drawing book from the library.