Feet up in front of the fire. Sipping cappuccino. Catching up reading blogs. Remembering the people who wandered in over the last three days. Thinking of how carefully each person searched for and found just the just right piece. This is the aftermath of participating in the Artisans Tour in the Camden/Rockport, Maine area, a tiring but rewarding three days.
For weeks my work spaces have been chaotic as new pieces were created and finishing touches were put on handwoven pieces. There was a side benefit to sitting, working with my hands for hours on end. I watched all 46 episodes of Breaking Bad on Netflix. That program is topic for a whole other discussion!
Most of the artists participating in the tour actually host in their studio. Mine is upstairs in my home and with stairs being a little worrisome, the entry and dining room are converted into a mini shop. Actually, using these areas provides a warm and inviting background for the displays.
Every surface is covered with my work and that of my friend Sasha, a most talented potter. Our work is complementary, and a special bonus is spending time with her over the three days. I couldn’t do this without her.
On the woven front, these hand towels were new this year and sold first thing. As many years as I’ve been weaving, I’ve never done anything like these, and it was such fun sitting at my loom creating the different borders. Since this was an experiment, there was only a short warp on the loom, but next time there will be more as there are more borders and colors floating in my head!
For both Sasha and me, this show represents hours and hours of work and a bit of fear over putting it out there. It is not uncommon for artists to experience some shyness and vulnerability, and it is an incredible reward to receive positive feedback. It provides the incentive to keep you going. Any of you who create understand that I’m betting.
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