My Job is So Much Fun
My job is so much fun and this is the first time I can really say that and mean it. I have loved my past career but now I have fun, am challenged and get to be creative all at once.
A typical day for me is usually an early start with walking the dogs, baking, setting up the studio or loading the car for the shop. Here are two examples for you.
The Studio day
Now these days depend on who is teaching. If it is me I do not set up the night before but if another tutor is visiting they like to be set up the previous night so they can relax in the mornings and prepare themselves for their days. I like to get up at six and start preparing then. Walk the dogs first. Put on the urn bake the cakes and then set up the studio of what ever we are doing. As the day progresses we have so much fun with our creativeness that the time flies and before we know it we have to pack up. I see my job as a facilitator of learning. A secretary, A general dogs body but most of all the person who ensures that others are having fun and being creative. The day does not end when everyone else has gone. I then have to clear up, cook dinner, get the admin done and plan for the next few days or more. Then walk the dogs before going to bed,
A shop day
The job as a shop owner or assistant is very different from the studio owner or assistant. I still get up early, walk the dogs, sometimes bake for others. Sometimes put some threads or fabrics into dyes to set, Load the car and trundle over to the shop. At the shop it is a quick clean down, then unpack any parcels (there are usually loads) price and stack the goods. Then upstairs to cut fabrics, pack them and price them before putting them into the shop. Cutting fabrics for putting onto the shelves is one of my least favourite jobs. I do love it when the customers come in, even if they are just looking around and stop for a chat. It is great fun and helps break up the day. Especially when stock taking. Of course sometimes I get to catch up on all the admin at the shop and that means I have time for me in my studio during the evenings.
Studio Time for Anita
My time in the studio is varied. I am having the most fun when I am creating. Sometimes it is all about dyeing fabrics and threads. Soaking them in soda ash and then dropping dyes onto them, tray dyeing, or Shibori dyeing. I am impatient so I do pop them into the microwave to set the dyes. It can take days or weeks for some of them to dry. But I am always amazed by the array of colours , especially in the cones of threads.
Other times I am playing or sewing. I do love this part more than any and forget the time as I get lost in what I am doing. Starting something from scratch with the basics of an idea is thrilling for me. Looking at a picture I have taken and seeing shapes and colour brings all sorts of ideas into my head. I love it when the ideas start to take shape. Of course they do not always work but then I look at what has not worked and try another way to get the results I want.
Sampling helps me understand where I started and where I ended up . What’s not to love about that?
Yes I am a messy worker and the studio very often looks like a bomb hit it but that means I am creating, having fun and enjoying every minute of it. Yes even when I am swearing at the piece that will not go under the sewing machine or at the pins I have dropped.
Although most of the time I am enjoying my job there are aspects of it I definitely find a challenge. Such as the going live sessions on a Tuesday evening. (by the way there is not one on the 21st of September as I am away). I have found the technology testing to say the least. I do not like seeing myself on a screen. I try not to think too much about it. I plan what I am going to do. I then prepare samples and the items I need. My son helps me set up the cameras and then off I go. I do not edit them in any way. I just go for it as though the viewer is in my studio watching me demonstrate. So it is warts and all.
I found I was lagging behind most of the time with the admin and now I have a lovely assistant who helps me called Ruth. Between us we get it all done in a timely manner.
I think what I am saying in this section is that even though there are challenges I like to find a solution and if that means asking for help I will ask.
What’s coming up?
Friday September 17th Zena will be here teaching mixed media card making for the morning. 10 am till 1ish. a great morning with all your needs supplied. For more information take a look here
Wednesday 22nd September you will find Ruth Holmes at Eau Brink Studio teaching her Transfer and Stitch workshop. This is a great workshop and fun so if you fancy joining in just click on the link above. Ruth will supply kits so all you need is your basic sewing kit.
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September is the Anne Hellyer weekend workshop. We do have a couple of spaces available if you fancy it. Just click on her name and it will take you to the web page with all the information on.
Have you got your Open Studios booklet? If not you can get one at Eau Brink Studio or in EBS Retail in the Long Sutton Emporuim. Eau brink studio is hosting the Progression in Textiles group so why not pop along on the weekend starting 1st of October and then again the weekend starting on the 8th October. If you would like to look at the exhibition during the week days just ping Anita and Email or call on 01553 611009 to book an appointment.
Just a little reminder that I am away for a week and will return on Friday 24th. Ruth is around and so is John if you need anything.