Now to let them sit for a while-its so hard to leave them be!
Notions-Drye Goods Studio Diary
Friday, September 14, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
I know people that are that age, or really close. They are not at all what I would picture somebody 86 would look like when I was 14, or even what any of my relatives looked or acted like when they were that age at the time I knew them. Is that because I am older, or is it because being that age is really different than it used to be?
Last night I watched "The Artist is Present" about Marina Abramovic's retrospective at MOMA. she is 65, I hope I am that connected and vital when I reach her age and beyond. Highly doubtful since in this movie she looks 10 years younger than me to begin with!! Looks aren't everything-but good grief!
I guess this rant got started because of a Facebook post by John Thamm about art sales in Spokane. It got me to thinking about how people of a certain age view Spokane vs. how others of another age do. I don't think younger artists ever expect to sell everything they need/want to sell in the town they live in, here or elsewhere. They view the web and other means as a way to sell their art, what they seem to be looking for is an inspiring environment and handle sales in a variety of ways.
This was a really long way around to tell you I will be at the Whitefish Festival of the Arts this weekend-wasn't it?
Monday, June 11, 2012
The cotton pieces on the table are from today, soon to be made into scarves more suitable for summer. The ones hanging on the wall are silk that I did at a demonstration event a year ago. I made them into a garden/prayer flag of sorts to take to an event at Northland Rosarium at the end of the month. It was a beautiful day to be out side. Since it is supposed to start raining again I wanted to get some gardening done tonight, but I hate to disturb the quail in my yard, they sat on the fence most of the afternoon and chewed me out for being between them and the feeder.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
In this particular image you can see about half the equipment necessary to take pictures of my work. It is probably a given that there is fairly expensive camera there as well as more lights, mannequins and other necessary items. With out pictures I can not show others (clients, galleries, shows, organizations) what I do. It is essentially how I apply for a job. So I can either take them myself or pay some one else to do it. Since I must have images to put on Etsy which is a weekly sometimes daily project it would be cost prohibitive for me to pay some one every time I needed and image done. Then there has to be a computer for processing the images. I do between 15 to 20 shows a year and the various organizations that run these events have about that many different requirements for image formats and other application requirements. Most of the time one has to pay an application or jury fee to even apply. Imagine walking into Macy's to apply for a job and they said "Sure-just give us $35 and you can fill out an application that we may or may not accept".
Then you get to the studio itself. After the sewing machine if you take your mom's sewing basket and multiply that by about 1000 you might have enough stuff to make clothing for sale in volume.
To go to the show requires a reliable vehicle, items for displaying and marketing the work and a tent to protect it all outside in any kind of weather. You have to drive to the shows, set up, sell, take it all down, pack it away and drive home.
This makes it sounds like yards of no fun, when really that is not the case. I just read Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project, which yes is kind of a dweeby topic for a book but never the less she does have some interesting points to make. One being that there is such a thing as "fog happiness" meaning, I guess, that some activities while on the surface don't sound fun, they actually add up to make you happy overall. Sometimes people say "Oh you must work all the time" and I say that no, really I only actually "work" the weekends when it is time to sell my "work". Making it is the fun part, selling it is the work part. That being said, while this is probably the most satisfying thing I could do to make money, I am doing it to earn my living. I come home from the show and pay my bills, allowing the people that work for those companies to collect their paychecks. In addition to manufacturing a product that then generates sales tax for the local government I also pay taxes into the system just like anybody else that works.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
1. Do you ever walk by a plastic bag for months and wonder what is in it-but never take the time to look? Well, I finally took a peek in just such a bag and lo and behold there were silk scarves left over from a sun printing demo I did so I ran them into the house and started digging through the veggie drawer. Cabbage? Great! Huckleberries turning slightly scary in a bag? Wonderful! And then of course, yellow and red onion skins too. Wet the silk and then lay it all out.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
During KREM 2 news tonight they interviewed local high school football players about what college they were "signed" to. Don't they have to apply to college just like everybody else? Like, say, pre-med students?? They had these kids lined up at banquet tables like it was some kind news conference. As a proud parent of male offspring; HAVE YOU EVER ACTUALLY SPOKEN TO A 17 YEAR OLD BOY? Really? They gave them the same kind of time as if they had discovered the cure for cancer!
SPEAKING OF CANCER; did you see what good old Susan G. did? This is a prime example of why I can't stand this organization. This group of over achievers doesn't want to race to anything except their bottom line. As a former breast cancer patient the maudlin advertising for their "----- for the cure" events ( I am afraid to even use the phrase for fear they will sue me as they have others) has made me sick from the moment I found out I had the disease-ten years later it still does for many, many reasons. How dare some giant corporation presume that one kind of cancer is more tragic than another or that they know anything about how I feel about my experience and then use people's perceptions of the disease to raise millions; a lot of which pays large salaries and overhead and cures nothing. Then to have the audacity to sue people that are trying to raise money for the same sort of cancer!
Planned Parenthood provided my health care from the time I was in college until several years into my marriage. My early prenatal care was provided by them free of charge. It provides basic health care for thousands of women who would not receive care elsewhere. How many of them will be die FROM BREAST CANCER due to lack of a mammogram (which is what the money went for) because Susan G is alining themselves with the minority far right in this country?
Why aren't the kids with good grades given the same attention as those in sports? Why don't we celebrate some one that may actually discover the cure for all cancers?