i know i said my next post would be the tutorial to make this dress, but i sort of get the feeling nobody’s really *clamoring* for it, so i’m deviating a bit from the plan here to catch you all up on what has totally taken over my life for the past few weeks. i have long been dragging my feet on turning out art fair inventory, mostly because i am a total novice and unsure of what to even make! many artists probably go into these things with existing inventory, or at least a clear idea of who they are and what they do. i have none of these things. there has thus been a lot of this in the past few months:
more of this:
(that pup is swatch of mood fabric fame, btw). also, why am i so challenged at holding a tiny camera phone that my finger is in half these pictures?
(rows upon rows of liberty at b&j fabrics)
then more of this:
and eventually this:
and now towers of fabric all around me giving me heart palpitations. i’m not a stasher, i’m a user, and i have such a gigantic stash right now, i feel like i need to hire rumplestiltsken to help me get the job done.
because i have really no idea what to expect–who will shop, what they might buy, forms of competition, nothing–i resolved to cast a very wide net and just make a few of several things at several price points. i committed to art fair because i felt i needed the firm deadline/kick in the pants to really get focussed and see if selling is something i want to incorporate into my crafting. it all feels quite presumptuous since i’ve never sold anything, and while a lot of people urge me to, or promise they would buy, i wonder how that translates into actual sales… we soon shall see!
anyhow, since returning home from nyc, i have been relegated to my sweatshop of one, churning out accessories and home decor items as fast as my fingers will allow while the kids sleep. i’m also drafting many of my own patterns so as not to violate copyright laws or put bad karma into the crafting community. when the kids are awake, i’m busy on the knitting needles. it feels like studying for grad school. i can remember having an interest in the subject at one time, but each time i come up with a new idea, i beat it into the ground until i can’t stand to look at it anymore. that’s always been my concern about making art a business venture…what do you do when you get burned out? if i get burned out in any other area of my life, i do art. puzzling.
you might notice the different quality of photos in this post…one of my blogging resolutions has been to become literate in instagram. i love the idea of recording daily life through photos, but i’m pretty technologically deficient and frightened of social media. while i still don’t have a firm grasp of it (haven’t even figured out how to put a picture of myself on my profile…), i have been taking pictures of projects almost daily for the past couple weeks, so if it gets quiet around here, you can keep an eye on me that way. i currently have a whopping four followers and it really makes my day and keeps me motivated when i get a virtual thumbs up
anyway, this is phase one! what do you guys think?! do you like it? do you hate it? would you buy it? dumb question, you all could make it yourselves. regardless, i’m dying for feedback! i was also hoping that if i put it all up here, i’d feel motivated by all i’ve accomplished…while not every item is posted, it still looks like a lot less than i feel like i’ve done. alas. still so many ideas swimming around in my head…i’ll try to post another update soon!