|Fish design inspired by Asian porcelain designs and the carp at Raystown Lake|
Things have been rather busy around here over the last few weeks and I have some wonderful updates to share. For those who don't know, I celebrated my birthday last week. While I don't get terribly excited about my birthday the way I did years ago, I still had plenty to look forward to this past week.
|Angel Gabriel, completed in 2013 by Elizabeth K. Gordon|
First, as a birthday gift, my mom and I took a fantastic icon writing workshop with Jody Cole. Although I consider myself an artist and paint on a regular basis, I generally work for stretches of 30 minutes to two hours at a time. (Some of my work rhythm has to do with my current lack of a dedicated studio space in which to work.)
While I found it extremely enjoyable, I must say, I am not accustomed to working for six hours a day on a single painting! The end result of my five days was this beautiful panel of the Angel Gabriel and wonderful memories of the experience. I might even paint other icons in the future, though I don't think that I would sell them. I will certainly keep an eye out for Jody's upcoming classes and perhaps take one next summer, as well.
The joy of attending Jody's course wasn't the only excitement of this past week, however. On Tuesday, my husband had an interview for a library position at a place very dear to our hearts: the college where we met and fell in love. Not only did he interview on Tuesday, but when I called him that afternoon to see how it went, he had already been offered the position! In short, we will be packing up and moving in a couple of weeks!
Currently, we're working out our housing situation, as we need to find an apartment on rather short notice, at a time of year when a good percentage of places have been claimed by undergraduates for the upcoming year. I have also been doing the research into who I must inform of the business move, so that as soon as I have an address, I can set everything in motion to move Atölye Metiista to its new location.
This move does, however, mean that I must push back the launch date yet again. Funny to think that when I first decided--back in late winter--that I would start this business, I thought "gee, waiting until May to launch my business would take forever!" Now we're starting July, and while I have made significant progress toward building up stock (at least, for a one-person business), I still haven't launched the shop!
As of today, I have ten completed, handmade scarves, plus a few prints and notecards that I made toward the start of this process. I still intend to create the other line of scarves before I launch, though, and those designs I haven't yet ordered. (This means, if you haven't yet voted on your preferred design, please do so in the next week or so!)
My tentative launch date is for the first week of August, but with the move, it might need to be pushed back yet again. Check back here and also check the Facebook page regularly for updates!