It also helps that I've done these fairs before, so I know relatively well what to expect. This has assuaged my guilt therefore, in taking time away from my bench to do some short workshops in topics entirely unrelated to jewellery making.
I freely admit, I am a workshop junkie. I find endless fascination in learning new techniques. Especially traditional skills. I'm passionate about the preservation of old knowledge. Every workshop I do gives me new ideas for working in other materials too. I'm finding that Craft is so much more than a fulfilling (albeit hardscrabble) way to "make a living". Coming to an acceptance of just how much I enjoy learning new skills has broadened my perspective and my purpose from simply "making a living", to "making a life". See how much more inclusive that is? I like it a lot.
|My "ketchup-mustard-relish" pillow-top.|
|Pillow-top weaving frame with "bake-apple blossom colour scheme. Historical samples in the background.|
|Bowl, Jay Kimball. With "chattering" technique.|
I hope to see you at one of these fine venues over the coming weeks:
Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador Christmas Craft Fair :
November 14-18, 2012
St. John's Arts & Culture Centre, My booth will again be on the first floor, near the doors to the children's library. Booth #114.
A Studio Tour!:
December 8th & 9th, 2012:
Susan Lee Studios
Running the Goat Press
Blue Moon Pottery
Alexis Templeton Studio
Anna Templeton Tea & Sale :
December 14th & 15th, 2012
Anna Templeton Centre
My booth will probably be on the second floor, as it was last year.
Below are a selection of other fabulously talented local artists and craftspeople who's work may be just the thing for someone on your Christmas list. Check out their blogs too why don't you?