Sunday, 22 December 2013

It's been a while.....

I am still a bit in limbo - two rejections* and one application still pending (the exhibition to be announced in January); thus I have no settled studio space as yet, and nothing concrete to be planning for. There is one rather exciting possibility that I cannot share until it is definite, and another, overseas, residency to put an application in for. It could all be very unsettling, but is part of the portfolio life that I am learning to be relaxed about.
I do so miss my wise counsellor (the one who introduced me to the phrase 'portfolio life'), who I used to be able to run all my schemes past, even the maddest ones, and who knew me well enough to know what would be good and what not, who was endlessly encouraging, kind and supportive - and irreplaceable.

* there is the possibility of a reapplication with an adjusted business plan, but I am still considering my options in the light of the subsequent possibility.

Image courtesy of St. Peter's church, Guildford.

"Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means "God is with us".

I have the joy of two weeks break, for several days of which my Boy will be with me. Much joy!! We began the Christmas festivities today with Carols by Candlelight followed by mulled wine and mince pies, and will go to the Cathedral carol service tomorrow for a different flavour. Of music, not pies. I shall take a few days off with family, and then do some work stuff (web site, applications, maybe even some small weavings at home) as well as some prolonged reading-of-good-books. See earlier posts for details of my stockpile! I have just finished the beautiful and sad 'The Hare with Amber Eyes' and resumed 'The Poetics of Space' after a two year hiatus.


Thursday, 5 December 2013

Still Here....

.....just not there anymore!

I took the exhibition down last Thursday and have spent the time since catching up with other things, including various applications / proposals.  The results so far:-

Applied Arts Commission Proposal - not shortlisted
Residency / Sponsored Studio Application - called for interview
Juried Exhibition at the Oxo Tower - results in January

I taught two tapestry workshops on Monday - nine people at each, very encouraging! I have also been doing some editing work and planning how to fit everything into my tiny abode once I bring it all back from the Cathedral studio in the next couple of weeks.  Not so much a quart as a gallon into a pint pot.  I think that I shall stack all the boxes in a Manhattan-like grid pattern and play at being a giant.  I shall not be hosting any dinner parties until I acquire a new studio; strictly picnics!

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