We are in very strange times. With a felting hat on: we took down our Shorelines exhibition 5 days early today as we were no longer enjoying it and felt it was time to bow out. The Map exhibition (which I covered in my blogs) has been cancelled; I’ve cancelled my next 2 workshops (end March & Mid May) and all other gatherings, exhibitions, social activities and plans are cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. It’s a time for deep reflection and the pulling in of horns.
My good wishes go out to everyone that we stay well, find strength with those around us and emerge as well as we can from our current difficulties.
I’d be in favour of continuing to share any felt and fibre work we’re able to produce as a way of connecting and feeding whatever creativity we can find but I’d equally understand if people thought this was superficial given the problems that face us.
Where do people stand on this? Share work or shut down?
I think we should all continue communicating and sharing work. It gives everyone an outlet to think of something else besides all the bad news at the moment. It may seem superficial but I think that communication is a very important part of the human race and that people need that communication line open in these hard times.
So, as opinion seems to be keep sharing, here’s a piece I made recently in collaboration with my friends and fellow exhibitors. It’s an image of a local coastal landmark called ‘the Street’: a spit of gravel that juts into the sea and, as the name suggests, you can walk along as the tide goes out. Irene made the fused glass, I made the felt to fit it and Sue made the ceramic shells and sewed them onto the felt.
Unfortunately we had to close the exhibition early but I’m sure it will get another outing later in the year.
And here are some smaller pieces I stitched onto canvas. All 3 sold so I was pretty pleased about that! Normally I make larger pictures and frame them in custom made frames but it does mean they’re not cheap.
I made these in a strip then cut and finished each separately so I was able to sell them reasonably cheaply.
Lindsay, I love the collaboration piece. The three different types of work go together so well. And your smaller pieces are great. I always find it helps to have a variety of price points and sizes available.
I have been winding down the sale of the store. The sale closed yesterday so I am officially out of the retail business. Yay! It is a little bittersweet but I was ready and now there is an enthusiastic new owner who will continue selling handcrafted work in Whitefish, MT.
Now I will have more time for fiber art, another big Yay!
Everybody stay safe but I would love to see what everyone is doing and creating.
my daily dose yesterday was making some rolags to spin at our online guild social. We used Zoom. It's free for a 40 min meeting with up to 100 people. We started a second meeting as soon as the first one ran out. we hade 8 people join and we enjoyed chatting while spinning or weaving. It was fun. We are going to do it again next Monday.
Because of new virus control advice I reluctantly decided I couldn’t justify continuing to drive the 8 miles to my studio, even though it’s a one-person room, as it cannot be described as ‘essential’ work. So today I went in and boxed up some wool & tools to bring home & bagged up everything else (I hope) to protect it from moths.
At times it felt a bit like deciding which precious objects to save and which to abandon, which is ridiculous really as I should be back there as normal at some point, I’m now clearing a space in my bedroom to stack the boxes. At the moment I don’t have space to do much wet felting but if I’m stuck here long enough I’m sure I’ll think of something. In the meantime I have hundreds of other creative things I can do and even more jobs around the house, not to mention the long-neglected garden, so there’s no danger of being bored. Nevertheless, it felt a little sad to be saying a temporary goodbye to my workplace and materials.
I totally understand what you mean Lindsay. My recent experience in selling the store and leaving something that I had done for 22 years has been strange, not to mention adding the social distancing, quarantines etc. I hope you are able to get back to your studio soon but in the meantime, stay creative!
Thank you, Ruth. I know I tend to have a knee-jerk “tragedy” reaction to things but actually adapt quite quickly to changes so I will of course be fine. The fact that I’ve just moved from a one to a four person household adds further to the need to adapt.
You have had some major changes to work through recently. I do hope you enjoy whatever positive things you can take away from the experience and that you really enjoy this next phase of your life. I look forward to seeing some of the great things I know you will create!