The change in the weather from too hot to be funny to cold and wet has me lolling in the doldrums a bit- plus I am supposed to be doing market research fro my Business Plan- and that is dreary. I did devise a questionnaire for the tour guiding part- though I should have framed the questions slightly differently- you can complete the survey here if you are so inclined. Any responses would be much appreciated.
This business plan thing has me thinking about my arts practice/business and how I can balance making art with the need to also make bread and butter product so that i can somehow survive.I understand it is never easy to make a living from art but it does seem as if it is much harder at the moment than it ever was- certainly much harder than in the previous 17 years that i have been doing what i do and yet when you look at art auction prices you could be thinking the art market is healthy- there have certainly been some record prices for the art of dead artists.Grants seem to all be geared towards conceptual art- but most people do not engage with conceptual art- certainly in all my years of trying to get a grant I have never succeeded so either I am bad at writing grant applications or my work is not up to par.
And I have a question- what product would you like to see me produce?:
hand dyed fabric
printed hand dyed cloth
one off hand printed pieces
books - technique/how to
books -work inspired by travels with travelogue
more on-line classes
I also feel I need to make a new product of sorts but am not quite sure what. I have been looking on the internet but nothing inspires at the moment or others are doing it better.
Anyway i have been printing some more sentinelles on cotton and evolon.
These three sentinelles are destined to be the centre panel of a larger quilt which I hope to start tomorrow- it's been in the procrastination basket for too long but I am starting to run out of time so it has to be done!
When my friend Rahima Macdonald was here from Auckland we made some bunting- not quite sure where to hang it yet- this house is not very good for hanging anything let alone bunting!
And last but not least I have some teapot and rosewater jug squares for sale- I have photographed them together but they are four separate panels. They are hand printed onto lutradur and then machine stitched. Each panel measures approx 20 cm squares or 8 inches square. They are for sale for $45 AUS inclusive of postage. Plus remember I have quilts for sale- simply click on the little poppy panel at the top right of the blog to see what is available.
And I can finally share my travellers blanket I made in January- it was for a travelling exhibition entitled Beneath the Southern Skies ( there is a button in the side bar that will take you to the website and the gallery of all the work selected) It is called Traversing the Land.