Wow, my last post was 2 months ago! Where has the time gone?
Some of it has been taken up with joining the writing team at UKHandmade where I am now writing the craft profiles section, which is proving to be great fun, though I hope my outpourings wont be too sporadic for them!
I have also taken on another voluntary role, by joining the board of the Devon Artist Network and its great to be involved with an organisation
which has helped me so much in the last couple of years (I received a bursary from them last year).
Things in the world of glass have been moving on nicely too! I have been furiously making boat mobiles and my other recycled seaside wares for Inspirations in Salcombe and Atelier in Barnstaple, who have put in their big summer orders. Summer is a really busy time for me as so much of my work is in galleries by the sea and the summer holidays are galloping towards us now!
A gorgeous local chain of shops Insideout came to see me and I am working towards a launch type event with them at the end of the month, including some new designs just for them!
All my plans and activity stopped last weekend, our eldest daughter had a virus which made her very poorly and she ended up in hospital, thankfully only for a day. This experience made me especially glad that my work is part of the Devon Artist Network’s Art and Health Programme at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital . This initiative allows artists to display work to brighten up the corridors and waiting rooms of the local hospital, hopefully bringing a small distraction to the time spent waiting for appointments or news of loved ones.
Baby bird is recovering well and thankfully self employment means I could drop everything to be with my children….but if you dont work you dont get paid! So I have been doing what I can in the house whilst she sleeps and the younger monkey is at nursery and thankfully I managed to deliver all my planned pieces today (which really was the last minute) for Gloss Gallery Summer Show: Coast and Country which opens Thursday 19th July. Phew!
Now its onto the next project, my submission for the annual recycled sculpture trail in Teignmouth which starts next week, but I have only just started constructing! I was lucky enough to win this a couple of years ago and its a highlight of my working year; so I have been assembling junk to turn into my new sculpture….more on that soon but for now I need to get back to making it!