It has been an amazing, busy, exhausting (non)summer, lots of changes are in the air.
I believe that in everything which first seems to be bad is something good. The end of the co-op last year was a nightmare but the right move. The wall hanging was a big challenge, but the right move again. It was so great to do an art piece without any practical use just for the sake of people looking at it. One of my friends couldn't believe that somebody wants to hang something like this on a wall. "It will only collect dust and cobwebs, how on earth will she keep it clean!" she said. I am not thinking that way. If I want something practical which is easy to keep clean I go to the Warehouse and buy a cheapy there. I am not here to compete with that - I want to make art, instead of mass production doing one off pieces. And I come very close to this goal now. A very good gallery in Russell, a wonderful little town with lots of history, old buildings and tourists, will exclusive represent my work here for Northland. No clothing or small brooches, they will have the big things. I need to tidy up my "Seven Sisters", a set of figures for Matariki , they were in storage for a while.
Christine, the owner liked them very much and I am happy to show them again. I plan to replace the loose feathers on top of the cloaks with feather strips. I must check the leftover peahen feathers I have if they are still good then find out, how to make it best. There are ready made strips available on Trade Me but only with pheasant feathers at the moment. I need to ask a woodworker to do me a simple wooden disk for each one to stand on, with some sort of spike in the middle to poke in, to give them more stability. This figures where my first attempt in big needle felted sculptures and some are a bit soft.
Of course I need to make 3 more birdies like these ones
and for the big spring opening after the winter break I will make a tryptich, 3 wall hangings with 'garden scenes'. This needs a bit thinking. I have some ideas but they are still circling around in the deep.
So, what to do with all the scarves, small flowers, knittings and crochet work? Well I will put them on Etsy. I need to set up a good place to take photos, thats the main problem at the moment.
The whole house is such a mess, got totally neglected the last months, I need to push myself to get organized again, just one step after another. It seems to be such a big mountain! Well it was not messed up in a day so it cannot be cleared in a day.
Good to see that Alex is improving. 5 weeks have gone after the operation and next Wednesday we are off to Whangarei for the final check. Hopefully he is allowed to walk without crutches then. Then he might be able to drive again, that would be nice too. Amazing what modern medicine can do!
What a pity that I didn't win this weeks lotto jackpot - I saw 2 wonderful sculptures at the gallery yesterday, they would have been perfect for my daughter Monika. One was a fluteplayer and the other one a quilter. She is amazing in both things though the quilter is definitely in the foreground now. I love her work!
Then we might plan a trip to Auckland to buy a different car. Our Honda CRV is now 15 years and we could do with a more economical car, the petrol price is rising and rising! $2.23 at the moment per litre!
And if Alex gets the all clear we will book flights to go to Germany this year. We missed out last year and I am so looking forward to see my son again.