This week I’ve been easing myself gently back into work mode, after a lovely, relaxing week off. When the open studios on the 10th were over I was completely and utterly exhausted but also on a bit of a high as it was such an overwhelmingly positive experience for me.
To recap, 5 local artists & designer makers in Newtongrange, Eskbank, and Mayfield (including myself) joined forces in planning the open studios day, after Julie Read had proposed the idea. Every other area in Scotland seemed to have an event of this type, except the area of Midlothian, where we all live or work so we decided the best plan was to organise one ourselves.
A couple of weeks on from the event, I still feel it went very well. My studio had roughly 50 visitors, which far exceeded my expectations. People had travelled from as far afield as Angus and Glasgow for our art trail, which was more remarkable considering the weather was awful. There were heavy rain showers throughout the day, which caused some problems to begin with – when my cat decided to walk muddy foot prints over my newly washed and pressed, dazzling white table cloth and display…I was in quite a panic but quickly covered up the problem with a fresh cloth, redid the display and banished the cat to the livingroom for the duration….phew!
Despite the weather, the visitors seemed to enjoy their visit, if the comments in the visitors book are anything to go by. Sculptor, Andrea Geile hosted demos showing how she cuts shapes from steel using a plasma cutting tool, which was very popular with everyone I spoke to.
Photo credit: (c) 2014 Jeni Reid. All rights reserved
Photo credit (above): (c) Archie Ramsay 2014. All rights reserved
Below, a glimpse into Julie Read’s Bibi Design studio.
Photo credit (above) (c) Bibi Design 2014.
Kirtsy Palmer’s Blockart studio
Photo credit (above) (c) Kirsty Palmer – Blockart 2014
Some fabulous appliqued quilts, cushions and stockings at Kiki Pearson’s studio.
Photo credit (above) (c) End of Terrace Trading by Kiki Pearson 2014
As well as meeting and talking to lots of interesting people on the day, I also made quite a few sales, which is always a bonus! Money certainly isn’t the ‘be all & end all’ to me but obviously, like everyone else I have bills to pay and wouldn’t be able to carry on with my creative work without the wonderful people who support me by buying what I make, so as always I am extremely grateful to my customers!
So all in all it was a great day, whether we will organize another, remains to be seen. It was a LOT of work. But in a way that was good for me. Having a goal to work towards kept the momentum going and me working steadily. I also enjoyed being part of a team, which was quite a novelty as I’m used to working completely on my own. We’re having a debrief meeting next week, when we’ll decide plans for any future Waverley Line Open Studios. In the meantime thank you to everyone who came along on the day! If you’d like to be kept informed please like us on Facebook!
So what next…? I’m carrying on with my envelope project, might need to speed up a bit if I want to make 100. I’ve begun some experiments for new brooch ideas, including these pin-wheels
and I’m getting ready for my next fair, which is at King’s Park School, in Dalkeith, on Sat 7th June….busy busy busy!