Sunday, July 22, 2012

Checking in Again! Also, Spoonflower :).

Good day blogger world!

I woke up today feeling pretty cranky. Easy to do these days. Wish I had more time, but am coming to terms with the fact that I don't with the new job. Then I took some time to to get some sewing, ironing, and dying done, and now it's not so bad.

I've been using lately. More so now that I've had one sale :D! Someone bought a fat quarter of my "Seahorse Herd" fabric, which I hope they will be most happy with. I had already bought a fat quarter myself, so I can show you what it will look like:

Spoonflower has been something of a revelation to me. Combining, as it does, all the things I concnetrated on in art school (painting, drawing, and textiles), the possibilities are tantalizing :P. I'm currently dying the fabric shown above, hoping to create a nice tie-dyed patch for a quilt I'm working on. I'm also dying this piece of fabric,

which didn't turn out quite as even in repeat as I'd hoped:

That is why we buy samples first :/. I've since uploaded a different repeat file, which will hopefully turn out better. I just want to upload a few more files so that I can buy a bulk sample of swatches (better deal). Normally they'd cost $5.00 USD each, but when bought in bulk they can come to as little as $1.20 USD each (Between 16 and 30 swatches). I'm waiting on a few samples as we speak. You have to order samples before you can sell things, and rightly so. Sometimes the colours don't come out right, or the repeat is off (hence the jellyfish sample). I've already got a handful of swatches, which I will be including in a quilt I'm working on right now. I'm pretty excited about this because, no only is it going well, but it's another way I can break down my mountainous fabric stash. I love when leftovers become useful in surprising ways :).

So that's where I am right now. If I can stay productive right now, hopefully I'll get to the point where I can afford to spend more time on my craft. Here's hoping.

Later blogger world!

"Seahorse Herd" fabric on Spoonflower:

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Hello again, blogger world!

Been away longer than I expected. Partially due to the new job. Came back to Tim Horton's, after 9 years and a BFA. Getting used to it relatively fast. The cash flow should look good once my first pay cheque is in the bank. I've already got a surplus of coinage thanks to tips. Alright, I am hoping for something better. Still looking. Got an interview at another place that I'm excited about. Dance-related too. I've been dancing for some years now, and a job in the field would add that little touch of legitimacy to all those years of dance classes.

In other news, I have still been able to get some artmaking done. Art marketing too, in fact. The Seeds gallery just accepted 5 of my hand painted silk/cotton blend scarves, which I'm extra excited about :). Wonderful little art shop, that. Hoping this goes well. 'Twould get me that much closer to financial self-sufficiency.

Financial independance is a funny thing for an artist. What looks like a very expensive hobby on the outside is actually a career with a whole lot of overhead. I'm slowly learning the ins and outs of how to work with it. Sometimes I'm not sure if the job on the side helps or hinders. It doesn't help me save time, but it keeps my practice funded. Having a gallery job, or something like that (which I have, for 2 days of the week at least), is at least additional industry experience. For now, all I can do is keep on keeping on.

That's all for now. Hopefully I'll be back again before too long. Later blogger world!