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Today it’s over to me at Songbead. Well, as usual for this year (and every year – let’s be honest, but particularly 2015) this past month has been super-busy. I sometimes feel like I’m pedalling to stand still right now. You know that feeling – a constant whirling dervish but all you seem to manage to achieve is the bare minimum requirements, perhaps because there are so many of them?! Which is all very well, but I have soooo much to prepare for for the end of this month and all of August – I could really do with one of Hermione Granger’s time whatsits – you know, that thing that allows you to go back in time and gain extra hours. Yes please, one of them for me over here, thank you kindly.
Last time I wrote for Inside the Studio, I was about to head off to Holmfirth for their biannual Art Market.
|My stand at this summer’s Art Market, Holmfirth.
Well, that’s been and gone – blink and you miss it! – and I’m forging ahead with preparations for the rest of the summer, along with, you know, keeping things going with The Curious Bead Shop, Songbead, the flat, family and three cute bunny rabbits. Phew!
The big things I have ahead are for one, the 3.5 week Craft and Design Fair in Edinburgh, an annual event, which this year is from the 8th – 30th August. If you’re in or around Edinburgh during August, I thoroughly recommend popping along – it’s open every day, come rain or shine(!), from 11am to 6pm, and it’s free entry for absolutely oodles and oodles of wonderful handmade loveliness.
|A view of my wee hut from last year’s West End Fair.
You’ll also not only see me, but art bead artist Helen Chalmers too – one of my favourite lampworkers.
|Helen putting her wee own hut together last year!
As you can imagine, everyone preparing for this event, whether they are doing one, two and three and a half weeks like I am, is starting to feel that August really is only just around the corner….eek! And as I discovered at Holmfirth 2 weekends ago, after working until after midnight every night for a week, I *just* had enough stock for a one-day fair. So, quite a lot to do for a 3.5 week event then…..
To make things extra challenging for myself, I’m diving back into the ‘Song’ part of Songbead and off to London on the 21st July to work on a newly commissioned opera with Re:Sound, which we’ll be performing in London, Suffolk and Manchester during August – with the final performance on the 11th August. What’s that, I hear you say? But my fair starts on the 8th? Yes – you are quite right – I’m overlapping these two projects. Gah! When I applied for both, I had no certainty of getting either, and so after much discussion with Helen, decided that if the best case scenario happened, she would take time off work and cover the beginning of the fair for me. She is a SUPER-supportive wife, and almost always helps me out at craft fairs, and so she knows the ropes almost as well as I do with these things, so I have no concerns there (and lots of gratitude!). However, it does mean that I have to be extra prepared for the fair, because I will be working flat out throughout England from the 21st July – 11th August at something completely different! And as it’s a brand new opera, score only arriving with the cast yesterday, with all of us not just singing and acting, but playing instruments too (eek!), it is going to be A LOT of work. Rewarding, exciting and brilliant – but a LOT of work. Cue hilarious picture of me playing the cello as Cinderella’s Mother in Into the Woods 4 years ago.
|FYI, that’s my wee sister Catriona on the far right, playing Rapunzel in the same production. The younger and cuter version of me. Or perhaps I am the older, decidedly more worn-out version of her…!
You can find most of these pieces over in my etsy shop now by the way – I am trying my best to keep on top of photographing and listing as I create, so that my only recently restocked shop doesn’t empty again over the summer!
You’ll see I’ve an abundance of necklaces in this latest crop, which some of you will know is unlike me. And it’s for this very reason that I’m trying to focus on producing more necklaces! For some reason, my brain really resists necklaces – it’s desperate to create bracelet after bracelet after earrings after bracelet….but I’m trying to be strict and say NO! Necklaces are needed too! And I’m rather pleased with the ones here, I must say.
So this leads me onto my question for you, dear readers, and of course the offer of a little
bribe prize for answering 🙂
Tell me, what’s your go-to piece of jewellery to create? What flows from you naturally and easily – and what challenges you, seemingly every time?
Leave your answer in the comments below to be in with the chance of winning a £14 (just over $20) voucher for your choice of my shops – Songbead or The Curious Bead Shop, the choice is yours. The winner will be announced in next week’s Inside the Studio post.