It has to be some kind of weird universal fact, that when you go changing one thing in your life, everything else wants to change at the same time.
I’m now employed full time, at least for the next 6 months and that has already started to affect my creative life. Not in a bad way though, because I still have energy after work. It’s nice to actually do something that keeps challenging me enough. If anything it gives me more energy, so I’ve started to do yoga quite actively and also draw more. I also did a short, weekend long etching retreat and want to do more ceramics. Time goes by quickly and sometimes it feels like a slippery slope.
I’m also looking for a new home, so that’s both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Also heard from my father for the first time in about 5 years. Part of me really wants things to just stay the same, but I can’t keep living in the past.
I’ve quit my participation in the Art Manor project, because I want to concentrate more on my own creative work. Anyway, I still have my collaboration with the Left Overs collective, which I am very happy to be part of. At the moment we are working on a huge knit graffiti piece, which will be exhibited in May, by the riverside in Turku, along with 60 other knitted yarn bombs. To top everything off, I’m also studying creative business at a local business hatchery. I think I’ve finally managed to clarify my plans and it might just be, that Finland will get its first Saori weaving studio in the next 3 to 5 years time…
Repeating prints happening here at night while gathering knowledge and inspiration on Skillshare. It’s multitasking madness! I’ve come up with an idea that starts with making mistakes intentionally. The theme explores forgotten or seldom seen urban places and life found there. Let’s see if anything comes out of this…
…make a craft piece with rya knots. That is what I’ve said many times, very loudly. I’ve always felt that the traditional Scandinavian rya weavings look really dusty and heavy, like they belong in a museum. But guess what, I’ve gone and changed my mind a bit!
I still think the traditional looking woven wall hangings are pretty dreary, but modern mini rya’s can be fun. I am planning to make about 15 of these 15x15cm pieces and they will all be sold in Noctuary Art! You can buy just one to add a 3D -element to your home gallery wall, or get several and make a unique decorative element. I am really enjoying making these (=it’s taking over my life) and there will be a variety of colours and materials to choose from.
I have also decided to stick with textiles and the little brother’s art products in N.A. He is going to have some pieces made with ceramics and blown glass for sale soon! Art prints will be sold elsewhere later.
I am having a St. Patrick’s day sale in my shop between 17-18 of March. 20% off from craft pieces with green on them 🙂
Recently I’ve done a lot of drawing, although in the past it has been such a conflicting activity for me. I’ve always drawn, obsessively for 10 years since I could hold a pen. It got to the point where I would draw on myself if I ran out of paper (or margins…). However, it burned itself out and for a long time I didn’t dare make a mark on paper. This time it has come from the subconscious mind instead of ambition. For this reason trying to explain the work makes the meaning hide itself even more. My goal is to keep exploring this surrealism and see where it leads. Here is a piece I’m working on:
I make a few strokes on paper and then add to it depending on what comes to mind. I will finish the images digitally, so they will be a mix of pencils, inks, watercolour and pixels. Interesting how urban decay still keeps popping up. I’m tempted to make these into prints and sell them somewhere online.
So I had a bit of a sabbatical from everything and haven’t kept up with social media very much at all for the past couple of months. End of 2016 took its toll. I think I need to switch off more often in order to create more clarity into life in general.
However regular updates are resuming now. In the previous 2 months I have learned some important life lessons:
Work needs to be more than just a way to keep me financially afloat. It needs to add a sense of fulfillment and flow, since one devotes most of their active years to it.
One should be able to have a dialogue with one’s boss and co-workers, otherwise they might as well invest on a robot.
Repetitive work is not for me on the long run.
I need to make sure that life is not so hectic that I don’t have energy for my art practice, which is not a hobby like they tend to hope!
Stop spending time with people who are negative, acknowledge it’s their way to show they care and move on.
I want to believe it’s possible to successfully pursue multiple career interests simultaneously and hopefully they will converge a bit more in the future. It doesn’t mean one is indecisive in life, just that humans tend to have a broad spectrum of passions.