This year, instead of my usual hand drawn signs I thought I would go for a more polished look with my signage. This means I have to organize and focus on what I want to make and sell well before the show. I am happy with the results. This year, I will be making wish bracelets. I love the understated beauty of these. If my style were a bracelet, this would be it.
I will also be choosing a series of photos that define "beauty in the details" and adding inspirational quotes perfect for those corners of the home needing inspiration and joy. Tiny, pretty reminders to be mindful and ever-present.
As I begin making pretty things for the first time in nearly a year, I realize something about myself: if I don't make time for pretty things, I will suffocate. They don't have to be particularly brilliant or artistic, but I must do it. I usually do quite well at the Peterborough Folk Festival, but this year it is more about the process. Of course we could use the money, but I am realizing that this is more of a sanity saving project than a money making one. If I can cover my costs and keep making things, this Mama will be sustained.
I enjoy finding the look and feel.
I love coming up with creative/minimal packaging.
I love melding words and stories into the tiny things I make.
I love bringing it all together in an attempt to make it all contradicting and cohesive.
I struggle with calling myself an artist or a photographer because I don't paint or play an instrument or have formal training. I have an old school definition of what an artist is dancing around this head of mine, but I am learning to ignore it and make for the sake of making; make for the sake of sanity. Because we're all artists and photographers in our own rite if we'd only let go and ride the wind.
More to come, deer hearts.
go gently + be wonderful