Bon Voyage

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Earlier this week I was cleaning out my studio. I have a lot of supplies and a pretty small space to keep them, so it doesn’t take long before it feels tight. These four big animals had been keeping me company in there for the last year since I made them as part of the Imaginary Architects exhibit at the Saskatchewan Craft Council. I am pretty fond of them, simply because of their size, but I knew it was time to make room, and perhaps someone else would like to adopt them. I put out a call on instagram for anyone wanting to give them a home, and within the day they were off – one locally, one to BC, one to New Hampshire, and One to the UK. I set them in our porch while they waited to be boxed up, and I kind of loved the sight of them there. Also, a shot of me looking like we are telling jokes, when really I am just trying to keep everyone upright after dashing into the photo (I’ll likely never relinquish the self timer…). Bon Voyage sweet animals, it was fun.

 

A Happy New Year

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{view from the bedroom on the shortest day, a winter trampoline at my in-law’s farm}

And here we are in January. I have been missing from this place, as the hectic December season came and went, and I was kept as busy as I wanted to be (and sometimes a bit more). And Christmas to me is really about my family, my friends, the food, and not so much about working, and so finally I am back to check in here.

The end of one year and beginning of a new one is always a big prompt for me to evaluate my business and my creativity, since those things go hand in hand. I have no shortage of ideas for things to make (I truly have no clue whether these ideas will be popular or make any money, but I also decided years ago to not let that be a measuring stick, and surely not to stop me from doing it anyway), and a few things that I would like to stop creating in order to make time and space for the new. I will continue to create (because I must). My focus on quality has become increasingly important, and more than ever I am committed to keeping my business very small, so I can make the changes that are needed and follow my guts and my hands where they need to go.

It is a happy new year indeed.