Tuesday, March 5, 2013
work in progress ... and some thoughts
Well, Mercury is Retrograde at the moment (Feb 23 - Mar 17), so it's a time of misinformation, misunderstandings and miscommunication. But on the positive side, it is also a time for reviewing our lives and revising our goals. So basically, Mercury Retrograde is full of mis- words and re- words :P
I've just started back with my tapestry studies - I'm doing Year 4 over two years, so I have time to fit in everything else in my life (including my new love of weaving). I've just started my first sampler. Let me just say right here that I HATE samplers!!! I know they are important in order to learn new techniques, but gee they are boring :P
I bought rare earth magnets from Aussie Magnets, which are brilliant for holding the cartoon in place. I just have to keep my phone away from them ;)
I'm also working on Tamara's double-length cowl in olive green and black - pretty happy with how it's going! Anita suggested the width be only 15cm rather than the 19cm I had woven previously, since she said it was more comfortable.
I can't wait until it's cowl-wearing weather!! The studio has been unbearably hot, so on the weekends I'm getting as much done as I can before the sun really hits in the afternoon. One day we'll have to investigate getting an air conditioner up there, but the angles of the house make that a difficult prospect ;)
Mecury Retrograde also made me revise my direction as an artist/artisan. After the lovely Dorothy Clews asked me to write an article about my Goth Deathrock Art Project for the American Tapestry Alliance, I realised that others were taking my artwork far more seriously than I was! I realised that, at the age of 38, I really needed to grow up a bit and take responsibility for my creativity - this is not just a hobby.
I've always wanted Threefold Designs to be a business, however unrealistic that sounds. But in the last week or two I have tried to shift my way of thinking in a psychological sense (since it's the psychological which holds us back, not the physical).
I have an appointment with an accountant tomorrow morning (I've taken the day off) to discuss the (boring) legal side of having a business. Even though I registered the name Threefold Designs back in 2004, I hadn't worried about the taxation issues because I haven't made any money out of it yet. One of my subjects in my course this year is 'Address Legal And Administrative Requirements', and I realised that my knowledge in this area is pretty sketchy!
I also changed my Facebook name from Michelle Threefold to my real name, Michelle Driver. Professional arts organisations (like the ATA) always like a person's real name to be used ... again a 'growing up' moment when someone commented that they hadn't heard my real name before (but had recognised my tapestry work, so had assumed it was me!).
I don't usually do memes ... but I couldn't resist, it was getting too serious around here! :P