The new studio is going ahead! Klas signed the paperwork and now we are just waiting on getting the keys*. It is fantastic and is going to make a huge difference in my life – I cannot describe how much I am look forward to having somewhere decent to work. Just the thought of it makes me more determined to find ways to make my practice financially viable in and of itself. It might well be time to prioritise all those various funding avenues still available here in Sweden.
What I really need to be getting on with is preparing for the two upcoming shows.
One large hollow polystyrene ball (500mm diameter) ordered so that I can see how it looks glittered and work out how to hang it. It will be good to know how much it weighs when it’s covered in glitter … and how much glitter it takes to cover it!
Two more Hermés style scarves found in a local charity shop today. I need to pull together pictures of the pieces that I am interesting showing so that Klas and I can start to plan the show. The Hermés piece would be great in the garden!
My annual proofreading of the Supermarket art fair catalogue entries and magazine texts is almost completed. The task has been far easier this year as Alice, the project manager, has acted as editor so the majority of my work has been making simple corrections to English language and grammar – I have deleted what surely amounts to a sea of commas, Swedes seem to want one after at least every third word, whether, it requires one, or not. My reward for doing this unpaid work is getting a place on the fair’s Professional Networking Participants’ programme. I did this last year too and it was a great experience. I look forward to meeting with both existing and new colleagues over the four days of the fair.
*We are in now in discussion with a rather wonderful Swedish organisation that promotes and supports smaller reading/learning groups. They are interested in taking over the head-lease of the building, this would enable us to hire just our studios and if we run workshops or regular artist’s meetings we might even get a subsidy!