I've been working the past couple of days; I got so tired after my shifts that I didn't find time to make anything. However, tomorrow I plan to continue with mounting the Shoreline triptych. The three panels will be viewed through apertures in silk mounted on a cotton lining, then I will knit a border in natural coloured hemp fibre yarn and take a photo to post on here. It all has to be done and handed in by 1st July for the end of year exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in Bristol. There is a private viewing at 6pm on 2nd July if anyone is in the area with nothing to do! It's on for four days and I can't wait to see what my co-participants are entering.
I'd very much like to go on and do the MA in Textiles (Contemporary Dialogues) in Swansea University, but alas there is no sign of movement financially, and until this happens, I must work full time. I often wonder how other artists make a living if they don't teach, or have other careers. How does one pay all the bills when an income isn't guaranteed?
I have a career as a social worker doing nights on an emergency duty team, but recently I've been feeling that I can't continue doing such a high-stress job for much longer. Working nights for longer hours than my day-time counterparts, frees up my daytime for making art (when I'm not too tired) and I can't imagine going back to working days.
Something has to shift methinks and I feel a change is looming on the horizon.