Funny how things work out... I treated myself in early February to a workshop at Middleton Public Library (taking, not teaching). It was using Sharpie markers on silk to make a constellation scarf. I joined a drawing a day Facebook group for February, though mostly as observer, but spending a couple hours one evening looking at patterns of constellations got the wheels turning. In class, I decided to make a scarf of made-up constellations, which ended up being somewhat autobiographical. Then I started thinking about making a scarf for Mom with custom constellations (like binoculars and other things I associate with her). And then this all led, naturally, to what I would make for the shop. I ended up drawing a set of Madison constellations (like the Octopus car wash, the Bascom Hill flamingo), all with the ease that comes from knowing that most constellations never really look like what they say they look like - pressure off for this non-draw-er! I'm ending up working on a couple different variations - a little drawing by hand, but quite a lot of work on the computer in PhotoShop. Not exactly fulfilling my idea of frivolous creating for the sake of creating (there's something about working on the computer that doesn't quite count in my mind). But it all came of frivolous creating... in the form of my scarf which I still have to finish. I'll end up with a screen print in white and gold ink on navy paper, and a full color print in purple, blues, and golds. The latter derives from another session of frivolous creating from a few years ago - proof that I should keep doing that, even if only for how it ultimately generates product for the store. Oh, and for my own sanity as well. I'm still working on the prints: probably driving the copy shop people crazy with the many drafts I've gone through. But I'm making progress. The one advantage to working in Photoshop (as long as I remember) is that I can save all my different layers and if I go one step too far, I can backtrack. Unlike my collage work and painting which always creates challenges of knowing when to stop. The disadvantage is that I can't really tell how things look on the computer screen (hence the frequent runs to the copy shop). But I'm getting close to done.
And in other store news? Sachi has a brand new print, new note cards and other Wisco goodness have arrived to the shop and we're working with a couple new artists on some commission pieces for the shop (one in particular we are SUPER excited about), and otherwise gearing up for Mother's Day, graduation, and summer tourist season. Time goes fast in the retail world. I will make time soon to fill you in on all the new arrivals if you haven't already checked them out on Facebook or Instagram.