Monday, December 02, 2013
Open Studios Weekend
This time last year, we had just applied for a studio space, and thought it would be a good idea to go down and have a look around when everyone opened up for the Christmas event. In the summer, we were happily ensconced in our own space, but could only do one day as we were coming back from Cumbria on the Saturday. (There are two open weekends per year.)
So this Christmas event was the first we could participate in fully. I have to say, it was fun. It was actually fairly quiet, but that meant that we could spend time with family and friends who dropped in, and also enjoy meeting the visitors. We even managed to collect half a dozen names of people expressing an interest in a fibre crafts weekend that it has been suggested the four of us who are spinners and weavers (and dyers and felt makers) could organise some time next year, which was an encouraging thing!
We got the studio space looking very colourful and cosy on a rather chilly weekend, and settled in to do a lot of spinning (plus a few other bits and bobs.). Our aim in having a studio is not to make lots of stuff to sell, although I had intended to have rather more yarn available for purchase than I actually managed. Best intentions and all that. Will try to do better another time.
I have to be honest and say that I have not yet got to where I want to be with my use of the studio. I recognise various reasons for this (I do not intend to go in to them all here, could make things go a bit whingey!) I can address most of them, and will do so. One of the beneficial side effects of this weekend was getting myself considerably refocused, so that is good.
Part of the trouble is having too much going on in other areas of my life, which us of course basically A Good Thing. So I need either to get a bit more efficient, or not to worry about any of it! (I think I might go in the latter direction......)
Oh, I am wittering. Probably because it is nearly 11.30, and I should be thinking about bed. Though that us something I do try to avoid doing - one of the impediments to efficient studio yes gas been the insomnia, which had been better recently but made an unwelcome reappearance last night. So I tend to do something that needs doing, or I like doing or similar so at least if I am lying there all wakeful I can console myself with some small achievement!