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




13 comments:

  1. Good luck with the growing up thing. Mercury in retrograde must be hitting us all. I'm 58 years old on the outside and about 25 on the inside. I did start thinking that I need to act more like a 60 year old.... Hmmmmm. Mebbe not. Dotson.

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    1. No one escapes Mercury Retrograde!! Hey, when I said 'grow up', I didn't mean that I was going to act old before my time - more like combine the best of age with the best of youth ;)

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  2. Haha, I laughed when I read how much you hate doing samplers. I feel the same way - I want to jump right in and do the Real Thing, not make samples of the Real Thing!

    I don't know why I hadn't checked out your Goth Deathrock Project before, but I just clicked on it and immediately squealed “It's Natalie!” :o)

    And I tried to find your article on the American Tapestry Alliance website, but I couldn't seem to locate it. Or maybe it's not published yet and I shouldn't be so impatient? ;o)

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    1. Yes, Natalie is my current muse!

      I probably should have mentioned that the newsletter is for ATA members only, so unfortunately I'm not allowed to share it :( But it's pretty much info (and pics) from the blog anyway ;)

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  3. Interesting information about the Mercury retrograde. Some things were easier to explain now :). I'm right in a situation I have to do something about, really, life is hard...
    I think the sampler is a nice way to train techniques. You can always use your styl (as I see that you do) and turn it to a work of art.
    I'm glad to hear that you get the attention you deserve :)

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    1. Yes, Mercury Retrograde can explain a lot when it comes around ... the trick is turning it into a positive by making it work for *you*!

      I know samplers are technically useful - but I still kick against them, haaha!!

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  4. With Ostara at our heels, lending time to creating a balance between the here and now is becomes so important to evaluating the coming year. I can completely relate to the retrograde!

    I can also relate to hating mock-ups =D
    I get rather antsy myself when I have to make them.

    It sounds as though your hopes for Threefold are materializing, what with the exposure your art is getting. Heh, sometimes the most amazing things come from mere hobbies ;)

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    1. Here in the Southern Hemisphere we're coming up to Mabon, which again fits in well to my redefined goals in life ;)

      I guess the whole point of hobbies (hopefully) morphing into businesses is that you love what you do, and can carry it through into everyday life. Well, that's the plan ;)

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  6. What I was saying before I got snafued by gremlins was - will there ever be a cowl time again - how many days now over 30 degrees C?

    Good to see you back at tapestry again - among the ten thousand other things you do to live up to your true surname!

    I too will be doing that technical sampler two assignments down the track - all part of the revision of the syllabus. Good luck with it.

    PS how's Rosie doing?

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  7. LOL, I guess I *am* rather 'driven' ... I hadn't thought of it that way before!!

    Yes, it's TOO BLOODY HOT - where's Autumn???

    Rosie-Posie is good - in fact, it's taking me a long time to type this, as she's awkwardly sitting/standing on my lap - seriously!!!!

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  8. went to Luna Park today in 37 deg heat - crazy, but a great nephew was 5... anyway, saw a couple of non-muslim women wearing white scarf/shawls to keep a little cool. So perhaps a sun cowl?

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    1. Hmm, in 37 degree heat, the idea of *anything* over my head (apart from a parasol!) makes me shudder ... maybe if it had been kept in the freezer?? ;)

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