At one time I earned a living working with cloth but it was work and not love although the reason for doing it was love . . . now I’m returning to it, slowly. I can still make things to sell but it’s ‘work’ and not so much pleasure as satisfying seeing the results. There’s a shift in the wind though and I think it’s taking me to places I have only sighted, landed lightly and not explored . . . in my mid 60s this is exciting. Jude Hill‘s recording on Small Journeys is an echo of how I am thinking . . . something new, or master one thing I do now . . . I think I’m about to be blown off on a tangent.
I should be content dabbling in all the crafts that give me some satisfaction but I want something more and I think it’s excellence or perhaps a way of drawing everything in together. Rather than being, as I was labelled when a child, a ‘Jack of all things, master on none’ I want to master something . . . but I have no idea what. There is a rant in that ‘Jack . . .” phrase but I’ll save it for another time.
Last weekend was the last big workshop for the raranga/weaving course I attended. It was a wonderful experience that has left me with stronger hands, new skills and new friends. Wednesday night is the Christmas Cottage sale at my grandhearts’ school that I’ve prepared for (still preparing for) and then . . . what next?
My question is, how do I bring everything together? How to I muck around to my heart’s content and tie it up into a package . . . yes, it’s true, I want to be appreciated as an artist and not just a clever creative woman to seems to be able to do pretty much anything but is sometimes overwhelmed by variety that she can’t make a choice and just get started.
I just noticed that this is my 100th post so I will give away one of my kete to someone with a thoughtful response . . . this one I think . . .
A decision will be made on Sunday (NZ time). I have already successfully sent one overseas (USA) and there didn’t seem to be any problem with customs as everything has been processed in some way and I’m sure I can package it so it doesn’t get crushed.