With the arrival of my much needed art supplies, I was able to have an amazing day in my studio space. As many of you may be aware, Gocco supplies are not just low on the ground, they are pretty flipping difficult to find and locating a good supplier as well as good supplies is almost becoming a fine art in itself.
When I was ordering my last batch of tricks, I saw a listing for Gocco compatible bulbs. When I received these, teased them out of their brown paper and bubble wrap, I was surprised/amazed/bemused as I hadn’t expected them to arrive in such delicious packaging. The bulbs are this glorious blue colour and as round as golf balls. There was rather a lot of skepticism in my vicinity as I wasn’t sure they’d actually work. So, I popped them into the lamp unit of my Gocco machine, clamped all things down that needed clamping down … and held my breath.
Much to my shock and amazement, they worked! Yes! I may have even high-fived the air as I was rather excited and work alone. I will certainly be ordering more of these bad boys.
In other news: I have been given an additional wall at Urban Outfitters for the August show. They will be taking down the books and bookcases to give me the full three wall space. Yeah! and AAAAH! I do have a plan and this plan is very much involving The Garret Print Studio and their A3 printing capabilities. They had my back for the last show and I know they’ll have my back for this one.
The Urban Outfitters show is going to be hopping, the opening party is on the 2nd of August, and involving a DJ from Sneaky Petes and free beer. At the moment I’m trying to find a sponsor for said beverage and have something in the pipeline. So hey hey kids, it’s all happening.
In other other news: Works for Hula are coming along beautifully. I am doing a new thing here, adding a couple of layers of ‘life’ in print form and am happy with the outcome. The photo below is of a piece I completed today, unframed. Hula opening night is 1st of August and will involve The Edinburgh Samba School.
Do you hear that? It’s the gentle purring of a laptop that works. When my former plunged its screen into darkness four days ago, my whole world came to a grinding halt. What kind of world is it when one small 15 inch by 10 inch box can control so much of your happiness. Yeah! It booted up. All things are perfect. Crap! It’s on the blink. Why do you hate me cruel universe?!
The past week had plunged me into the depths and it is only now that things are starting to right themselves. What was supposed to be a spectacularly productive week turned into me driving all over town trying to make right so many things that had gone terribly wrong. In the last stretch. In the rain. When my tire/tyre (depending which country you’re from) went flat and I had to pump that sucker up in the rain. Whilst wearing my nice shoes. Gr.
Tuesday had me at the GP, asking ‘you know that waiting list I went on back in February…any news on that yet?’ Apparently, they were about to send out my letter to an address that doesn’t exist. I applaud the GP for making the correction and hopefully pushing my case up towards the top.
On that very day I also called the council, asking about my name NOT being on the supply teaching register. A teacher I’ve worked with months ago alerted me to the fact that they tried to find me on the Supply List to fill in some days at the school, but my name was not to be found. Come to find out, the council had an issue with my application back in March. The issue was that they lost a piece of paper I sent in. Unfortunately, I was not aware of this. After having found out this information, I hit them with the gem ‘Do you realise how difficult my life has been because of your error. I’m having to consider moving flat as I wasn’t getting any work from you.’ And yes, on top of all that, the consideration of having to move.
And so…my art supply un-delivery (Sh, now, I can make up words. I’m American. It’s my birthright.) added significantly to my stress. What should have been here within 7 to 10 days of order has taken over a month. After calling various postal bodies, it has been tracked and should be here tomorrow. I have been able to do other work in the meantime. The thing is, when I set a plan into place, I kind of need my suppliers to play along with it.
It’s Sunday morning. I will call this the beginning of my week. A bright new shiny one week that will hopefully be very different from the last. Honestly, I feel that life owes me a lot of good luck right now.
The last couple of weeks have been immense. Is that a good word to decribe it? Immense? Immensely busy and hectic and fun and tiring. As I stand back and survey all that we have done, I am thankful that it is complete and I am pleased with the results.
Skies by Jimmy Steel and the rest by me. Show to be seen at I Heart Cafe as part of the Leith Late event on June 28th, 2012. Prints of Tower Borealis and Chancelot Moonraker are available from my website.