A couple of days ago I tweeted about closing my Etsy shop temporarily. No sooner said than done. I'm not sure when I'll open it again and, to be sincere, I'm not even sure if I'll open it again.
My Etsy experience has been very contradictory. I enjoy browsing the site and discovering new art and artists/artisans. I have found lots of beautiful and very inspiring creations there. And I really enjoy making treasuries under a certain theme, be it colour, type of work, concept, whatever. But spending my days on Etsy... that I don't enjoy. Having the obligation to check back several times a day, the duty to comply with Teams terms of membership, the requirement to go through my Activity list so I can keep up-to-date with everything and everyone that interests me is just too much for me.
Obligation, duty, requirements... They leave very little space for free time, free thinking and free creation, so I pulled down the blinds for a while.
I, on the other hand, am not on vacation at all. There are several projects ahead and I am looking forward to all of them. Lets see:
1. On Saturday 28 April the Exhibition Hall will open again! I'm very happy about this, because it was such a shame that this beautiful, unique art space remained inactive. We will only open during the weekends but after four months of complete close-down the weekends sound fantastic!
As some of you may remember, the Hall used to be a paper mill and the building dates from the 1700s. It has lots of character and is very warm and welcoming.
This is a view of a broken paper press and of the old (and out-of-use) freight elevator shaft right behind it.
2. I am currently participating in a group exhibition featuring works of many artists living in the county. I wrote about it in an older post. The exhibition runs till Sunday, 29 April. And the next one is already in sight! It will also be a group exhibition with about 12 to 14 participants and we will all create new work around the idea of 'Roots'. That's the title of the exhibition, that will open on Friday 6 July and will run till the end of August. Best months of the year as far as visitors are concerned! We will each participate with 1 or 2 artworks (that still has to be determined) and I am already sketching ideas.
3. My Contemporary Embroidery online course is starting on 1 May! Can you imagine the 'tangle' of roots and threads taking shape in my head? I fully intend to create a mixed media piece incorporating fabrics and embroidery and I am so excited about it! It's as if I had a whole new world in sight.
4. I will soon try my hand with water-soluble oil colours. I've worked with oils before, they are not really my favourite medium, but I am very curious about these water-soluble oils. No turpentine, no pungent smells, no alergies! (I am not allergic to turpentine but many artists are.) I think a commission will come my way soon and I may just use these oils to paint it. It will be slow work, I haven't used oils in ages, but the painting won't be very large so that will make things easier.
5. While I decide what to do with Etsy I will be driving traffic to my blog and my personal website. The latter probably needs some redoing, I'll have to look into it.
Ok, and now I'll stop before I start feeling overwhelmed by the very things that thrill me so much. Thanks for coming by!