Maybe it was the stress of buying a house and then moving (in winter) that really was getting to me. I mean it took really everything out of me. It's hard buying a house so far away from where you live. It just means long nights and little sleep. But we did it and now I have a studio (well I will as soon as I get off my butt and start putting it together).
Maybe my creative slump was caused by a bad show. All of you out there that do art shows know the feeling. You do a show that you think will be fun and you'll make some monies, and then it just sucks. Then you start questioning your work and telling your boyfriend that you're done making things and doing shows because everyone hates your stuff. You get a little depressed and kinda just want to crawl in a hole.
Well I had one of those bad shows last month. It was one held at my work for employees and family members of employees. They have it every year and it's little, but free. You just have to donate a little of your earnings to the animal fund. Okay sounds good, guess I'll give it a try. I probably won't sell much because my stuff is expensive, but even a few things would be okay. But then I found out that money was taken at the door and then distributed later on. Well, I was a little iffy about this. I mean who wouldn't be, you hand over your hard work and don't physically get any money in return. But they said they didn't have an problems in the past so I went ahead with the show. Long story shot, I only sold a few things, but I made about $100, which isn't really great, but the show was only 3 or 4 hours long and it was free. So I was happy with the extra hundred dollars I would have for Christmas. Well when I went to go collect my money, they handed my $26. When I protested that amount and showed them my receipt book, I was told that they didn't have any extra money and didn't want to take it out of the donation pot. So in the end (after much debate and argument) I ended up just taking the damn $26. That's $74 short of what I should have made, that's $74 that could have been used for home improvement crap, that's someone that got a free cuff for Christmas. So, needless to say, I was unbelievable saddened by this. This is why I didn't want to hand over the goods without getting some money in return, and this is why that was the first and last time I'll do that little show.
So I think that had a great impact on my creativity. Why create crap, if I'm just going to be ripped off? It just made me very sad.
|Crappy Iphone Pic, but you get the idea!|
|Fish Scale Cuff! Ignore the bead mat mess!!!|
|Purple embroidered cuff! Again, ignore the mess!|
So hopefully I'm out of this slump I've been in. I seem to be. I seem to be back in the swing of things, with more ideas then I have hands to make. My sketch pad is filling up fast. I'm glad to be back creating!!!