It's official, I'm putting art-making to bed for the winter. My fall class offerings at Gallery 194 have concluded (look at those happy mandala painters from the last Mandala Painting class!). I hope to be doing them again sometime in the spring, but for now art supplies have been put away to clear space for sewing, crafting, and clearing space.
That's not a mistake, I needed to clear space in order to clear space. Let me explain.
I am still not fully recovered from the overwhelmitude of acquiring all my mother's sewing and craft supplies last year and trying to merge them with mine. I gave away and sold quite a bit, and am sewing things up as fast as I can (which is actually, unfortunately, quite slow) but still have too much. I am starting to list some things on etsy, but in order to do so I need to be able to take photographs, measure large fabric pieces, etc. I need space to be able to do that! I'd love to include some photos of my studio in my etsy "about" section, but not until my workspace is considerable less cluttered. And someday I'd like to be able to have people over for crafting sessions and/or art classes. I do have a set-in-stone goal: I am in line to host the Jackman family Quilt Day next year. By December 2018 I need to be able to fit about 15-20 people and their sewing machines in that space, with room to spread their projects out a bit. Eek! The piano is finally gone, that's a big step!
So clearing space really needs to be my focus over the winter. By sewing things up, selling, giving them away, whatever means necessary. I am up to 21 etsy listings so far: 10 bags, the rest are fabric and vintage home dec items. No sales yet, but complete strangers are starting to fave my shop, so that's a start! Come check it out!
Time to get to work. Later!