I am coming up on the two year anniversary of my semi-consciously unjobbing, and I wanted to post a little update on what I have been up to. For starters, I can’t believe it has been two years since everything that happened with the chaos of my job and mental health, as well as the sudden death of a friend and the discovery that I was pregnant. 2017 was a maniac and I’m glad to be putting it behind me. It also means that for the last two years I have been plugging away at Fox on an Island as my main gig and only source of income: I’ve come a long way and things are starting to take off. Being my own boss has always been something I wanted but was too afraid to try, until I was basically pushed into it by the crazy unpredictability of life. I’m sooo relieved to have made it this far and I’m feeling really good about the rest of this year. It has been a lot of hard work to balance being self-employed with becoming a mother, but the experience has been so valuable and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
This October will be my first year as an artist on the Gabriola Studio Tour! I have joined up with Paige Coull at Blackbird Studios along with several other friends and am excited to be part of the hub including ceramics, photography, textiles, and more. The studio tour is primarily for artists to exhibit their work, so we are limited to showing and selling art pieces and homewares only, which excludes the sale of cosmetic products. Because I only have so much time to go around I will be focusing more on my artistic and design related products and phasing out many self care items for the year. I’m hoping to get a selection of one-of-a-kind weavings and wall hangings together for the tour.
I recently completed the artwork for my new tarot deck, The Fox Universe Tarot. That leaves me with the box design to wrap up and the guidebook to complete, then the project is off to print! This has been a massive undertaking for me and I’m really thrilled with how it has turned out. My first deck, The Fox Tarot, has been in its second edition for a few months now and less than 75 copies remain. 🤗
The Gabriola Farmers Market kicked off the season on the May long weekend and has been super busy the last two Saturdays. This year I have been moved up from the lower area to the busier main market and am it has definitely improved traffic. I also have child care on Saturdays now, so this year I won’t have to carry Mavis with me. What a huge relief for my lower back! Haha.
In addition to the computer work required to design the new deck, I’ve been trying to spend more time completing other projects that don’t involve looking at a screen, including one inch buttons (featuring characters from my new drawings), silkscreened patches, loads of scented soy candles, and machine sewn fabric pouches.
All this stuff gets done while Mavis naps so it feels like progress has been agonizingly slow, but regardless, progress has been made. It feels great to get to spend even a few minutes out of my day working on fun projects like this, and I hope people like what I do. I have confirmed several markets already for this year including the BC POP UP Shop in Woodgrove Mall in July, the Etsy Canada: Nanaimo event in September, and Craft Cartel in Victoria the last weekend of November. I am at the Gabriola Farmers Market every Saturday until the weekend of the Studio Tour in October as well. I’m always up for visitors at my booth and I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new people this summer 🖤