Generally, we are very good at being very busy. I feel that we often keep this busyness as a safety guard – god forbid someone finds out we've been relaxing, unemployed, not particularly stressed or just taking things slowly. I know I am guilty of this very-busy-very-important mentality almost permanently.
This year, when people gasp 'Oh you HAVE been busy!' I have tried to respond with 'Yes I have, but everyone is busy' – because everyone really is. It doesn't really matter what you're doing, but time is full of these luscious spaces in which to fill with all sorts of things. For example, in the last few months, I have been busy doing many things, some of which involve nanna naps, watching Parks and Recreation, drinking coffee (I think most locals in my town think that all I do is swan about main street, cafe-hopping – they're not entirely wrong), doing my laundry, sitting quietly. It has felt like a big year though. I've also had my first book as Editor go to print, become a fully qualified Yoga instructor, launched my first range of jewellery and had Japanese school girls lose their shit over my spotty cats.
It was a hectic year balancing shows, other work and study, and I am so grateful for your support. My Annual Studio Sale was great success, with this year's proceeds going to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Christmas Appeal – many humble thanks to those who were able to contribute, we were able to raise a fat $1000, which will help to contribute to the cost of moving the ASRC to a much needed bigger space in 2014.
And before I nick off for my highly anticipated Summer break next month, I'd like to introduce a new project on the horizon, in collaboration with none other than Kent Wilson. Our new venture BONUS CARD will launch its first show, Loom of the Land. On behalf of BONUS CARD I warmly invite you all to join us in the New Year to celebrate the opening at Craft. We are fortunate enough to have the gorgeous Anton Hasell (Artist and Director of Australian Bell) opening the exhibition, as well as new exhibits by Troy Emery and John Brooks also showing.
The show runs from January 17 – February 15, with the opening night Thursday January 16 from 6-8pm. Kent and I are looking forward to sharing the madness with you. More info can be found on the Craft website.
In the meantime, wishing all you gorgeous people a happy and safe Christmas and New Year period. Thank you as always for supporting these creative endeavours, it would not be possible without you.