My business mantra that hangs on my wall near my desk...
I am a firm believer that your body will let you know what emotional issues you need to deal with and at the moment I have a huge, and very unattractive, sty on my eye. It pops up every time I am asked by my life to really put myself out there. A little bit of googling on emotional causes of physical symptoms has revealed that I am overwhemed by the future and I have to say - Spot on!
Owning your own creative business
is a funny thing. When you start out you are determined to be successful. Then when things start to happen, opportunities arise and the actual big moment of putting yourself and your creative soul out there happens; it's really quite scary!
On the surface I am calm and ready. Inside there is an epic mental battle going on between my Knowing Self (the one who knows that if I just go with the flow and take the opportunities, I will end up exactly where I want to be) and my Society-brainwashed Self (the one that says there is no way you can make a living out of making pretty things, that sort of shit just doesn't happen to people like you... loser.) The later is not the sort of person I would normally be friends with.
My Knowing Self is winning. I know, because I continue to take baby-steps daily towards my dream. However, just as a bit of an 'Up yours!' my Brainwashed Self likes to throw in an eye sty or a bung shoulder (symptom of feeling weighed down by financial pressure), just to make her presence felt.
Well to you Brainwashed Self I say 'Bugger off!' Throw at me all the dastardly physical symptoms you like, I will not be stopped! I will make pretty things for a living, I will contribute beauty to the world, I will do what I love and be well paid for it, even if I can only see out of one eye! So there! I'm off to do some meditation and white-lighting for my Knowing Self to give her a boost of confidence. To all those out there doing the same thing - Solidarity the the higher self! Let them shine!
What a fantastic workshop we had at the Sunday Sessions on Bribie Island! Thanks so much to all of the creative peeps who came along, you really stretched those creative muscles!!! Well done. Creativity was flowing as our participants created two tea towels using block printing techniques, one to a brief given at the start of the workshop and one where their imaginations could run wild. With lovely company, good food and awesome designer homewares to make, these Sunday Sessions are fast becoming my favourite afternoon of the month! Thanks guys - look out for the next one on Sunday the 1st of December!
The new range of Laeta Loca Cushions is available for sale, check out our website for a glimpse of our lovely grass tree cushions and papillon cushions now available in pastel and sunset colours!
Me and anna with a felt pod I made during the workshop...
Oh My Goodness!!! So excited to have attending the 3 day workshop held by Anna Gunnersdottir from Iceland
, felting superstar!!! Her stuff is amazing...and HUGE! She creates the most wonderful shell like structures and I am very ecited to be shown the techniques for making something so big out of felt, whole new world about to open up, I can feel it. Check out these amazing images of Anna's work and the amazing things created by the attendees at the workshop, held by the very kind (and excellent baker of cakes) Mrs Wendy Bayley
. Did I mention that I am excited?
Ann's sculptural forms have been exhibited all over the world and are absolutely huge. They are stiffened with wood glue to hold their shape (a switch I will now be making, as I use fabric stiffener but the glue is much better). She is such a lovely lady and builds all her forms all by her little lonesome, which when you experience the work that goes into something just little like the ones we made, is quite a feat!
Some of the results of our three day workshop. Can't wait to pass on some great tips in the Bribie Island and Caboolture workshops in October!
A table full of 3-D felted goodness! Thanks Anna and Wendy!
Hello everyone. The Sunday Sessions are on! Laeta Loca Designs is starting a regular Sunday workshop, on the first Sunday of each month, with a focus on crafting our own designer homewares and gifts. Afternoon tea included on Bribie. We will also be having a session at the hub in Caboolture on the 26th of October with the same topic, felting your own vessel/bowl - if you are unable to make it on the 6th of October. It will be a relaxing and rejuvenating session with all materials supplied. Only $35, limited spaces so book early to avoid missing out!