There’s a wonderfully informative and motivational book I once read, called ‘I’d Rather Be In The Studio’, by Alyson Stanfield. (You can read her blog here). When I first discovered the book, I was just beginning to recognise that I’d found my preferred medium, and was simply stitching, all the time, so I read Alyson’s ‘how to market your work’ advice as something of an outsider – maybe hoping that one day I’d be part of that world.
Roll the clock forward a couple of years, and how things change. For someone who’s art definitely counts as slooooow, I can tell you that the last couple of weeks have certainly seen a change of pace for me, as I prepare to take part in the Discover Original Art Fair this weekend.
Until fairly recently, I’ve been happy to just do the stitching, and the moment the last stitch has gone in on a piece, it’s straight on to the next one, with no thought given to mounting or framing or, let’s be honest – selling.
But with a real-life exhibition to prepare for, all that has had to change and at last I’ve begun to realise that making art is only part of the story. Now I’m rapidly learning a whole new set of skills and finally getting to put into practice some of Alyson’s advice. Inevitably it all takes far longer than I’d anticipated and for someone who regularly takes 3 months to make one piece of stitched tapestry, having a deadline can feel both exhilarating and intimidating.
Nevertheless, at the moment, excitement is outweighing the fears and although I’m beginning to understand how it’s important to strike the right balance between making and marketing our work, I’m now really looking forward to spending a couple of days out of the studio, and having the opportunity to show visitors to the Fair what I’ve been up to!
If you’re in area this weekend, please do come along and meet the artists – you’re sure of a warm welcome.
There’s something you need to know about slow art…
… it doesn’t like to be rushed.
Preparations are going on at as fast a pace as I can manage for Discover.
I’m going to be showing a selection of my large stitched tapestries at Ivinghoe, and in addition, I’ll be introducing two new stitched triptychs.
You’ll notice that spirals feature – yetagain.
I’ve been enormously happy recently to find a new supplier of hand-dyed silks. People keep asking me if want to try dying myself, and of course there is a part of me that is very interested, but there are only so many hours in a day and I use most of them for stitching – so when I discover someone already creating exquisite yarns, I’m just delighted to try them out.
There’s quite a lot of the new silk worked into the blue triptych, which is providing a gorgeous sheen that I find both lovely to look at and which feels beautiful too.
I’m sure I’m not the only person who gets a thrill from the sensation of stitching with silk – and it’s definitely not something you’d want to hurry…
I am absolutely delighted to be part of the forthcoming Discover Original Art Fair.
If you’re anywhere near Ivinghoe in November, please do come along. There’s some seriously fabulous talent in the group and who knows, you might even find the perfect Christmas gift is just waiting for you there…
Well it’s official, we’re off to Ivinghoe again with a fabulous selection of original art for sale, just in time for Christmas. If you’re in the area, please come and join us at the Ivinghoe Community Hub on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November 2014, between 10.00am and 3.00pm on both days.
Eight talented local artists will be there with a wide variety of artworks, including paintings, gorgeous original prints, amazing creations in polymer clay, glass, textiles and even some new stitched tapestry items from yours truly.
The CuriosiTEA cafe will be keeping us all in the Christmas spirit with hot tea and cakes – I’m hoping for mince-pies…
I’ll let you know more about the various artists involved between now and November, but as things get hectic leading up to Christmas, do please save the date now if you’re going to be in the area.
Well, it seems you just can’t stop us once we get going…
After having such a good time exhibiting at Invinghoe in September, a group of the most local artists have decided to do it again at the end of November.
The venue at Ivinghoe Community Hub is ideal for showing artwork and as I’ve said before, the people there are just wonderful – so enthusiastic and enormously helpful. So we’re delighted to be going back, this time, just before Christmas, we’ll be showing all sorts of art that will make excellent original and affordable gifts.
We’re still arranging the fine details, so I’ll let you know more as soon as we’ve finalised times etc – watch this space.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everybody who came along to Ivinghoe Community Hub at the weekend to support the Artists’ Network Bedfordshire’s art exhibition.
It was a superb weekend and a terrific location. But the best part – I think for all of us who were exhibiting – was getting to meet such an interesting and interested group of people. Exhibiting is all very new to me and it was so good to have the opportunity to talk to people about the stitched tapestries that I make.
I was really impressed by how much time visitors spent finding out all about the artists and their work, it makes all those hours in the studio feel worthwhile.
Some of us fell in love with the venue so much, I think we may well try to do something there again before too long – I’ll keep you posted.