One Step Back, Two Steps Ahead

I haven’t heard back from the mattress shop where I was hoping to hang some work, but I’m not deterred.  This coming weekend we move into our new home and I will at looooooong last have the studio space I have been craving for too many years to count.  I’m excited and also a little bit intimidated.  A studio means serious, artistic business.  Do I have what it takes?  I’m certainly going to give it a shot and figure out how and where to show my work.

Next post, I’ll put up some pictures of the empty studio space and keep taking photos to share as I set up.  If you have any studio space tips, please share!

Breaking Through (I hope)

So, I’ve approached my first “gallery” to see about hanging my pieces for very public consumption.  Don’t laugh, but the “gallery” is a mattress shop that sells all-natural, organic mattresses.  They make their product from a plant based plastic to create superior memory foam mattresses that are expensive to buy, but apparently one of the best things out there.  So, I thought with my work being produced using old windows, rusted metal and found objects, I might well compliment the product that the store is selling.

Currently on the walls there is a show featuring a local photographer.  He’s quite a draw and the employee tells me that tons of people come in to see his work, which obviously brings potential customers into the store.  I don’t know that I can promise that my work will be the draw, as I am really just starting out, but I hope the uniqueness of it will be enough to convince the shop to give it a go.  The employee said that they are always looking for original stuff since they do get tired of looking at the same type of artwork on the wall.

Aside from the hitch of actually getting accepted and given a showing period, the store is also deciding whether or not to  carry on with the shows at all in the new year, or to simply hang product related, non-rotating things on the wall and call it a day.  I should know these answers in the next few weeks and will keep you posted.

In the meantime, where was your first show, how did you get it and how did it go?

Sidelined and Substituted

Since my last post, I found out that the house I am living in is being sold and sold quickly!  I had already told the landlord that I was moving (to a house with a studio space – heaven).  Within a week, things shifted into high gear.  Within two days I had to have the place ready to show.  This weekend there is an open house.  Naturally this means that all my window frames, rusted metal, wire, and all tools associated with my art had to be packed up and moved out of my bedroom (my current “studio”) into the garage.  I am material-less and completely unable to do any work.  It’s a long hiccup I wasn’t quite anticipating.

If I didn’t have my studio space to look forward to in December, I would probably be feeling really down.  Instead, I’ve temporarily substituted my material work for my other love, writing.  I signed onto NaNoWriMo and have been madly typing up a novel I’ve started and dropped before.  That is my bad habit.  I’m good at starting things, not so good at seeing them through.  Hence, this blog to keep me accountable and motivated.

So far, I’ve written about 13,000 words so I’m on track.  The challenge now is to stay on it with the chaos of viewings, packing, purchasing for the new place, and unloading stuff I don’t need all happens within the vortex of my life.  Happy November everyone!