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Dilemma Thoughts [Feb. 7th, 2008|02:14 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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The registration deadline for Somerville Open Studios is next week (2/15/2008). It's $55 to participate as an artist. The actual event is May 3rd and 4th.

I don't have a studio. I won't even let people in the house, it's such a mess. And I haven't made anything in... um... a really long time.

But I have all these crafting ideas in my head. A deadline of four months from now might actually motivate me to put a lot of them together. And get the sewing machine I inherited from my Mom cleaned (and have the folks who clean it teach me how to load the bobbin). And a bunch of other things that I keep thinking I'll do... eventually... and then never actually do.

So! Pros & Cons:

Pros:
  • Deadline provides motivation
  • If I'm working SOS, I can't go to other people's studios and buy stuff I can't afford
  • Increased creativity will probably be good for my state of mind
  • Doing creative stuff could create a feedback loop of doing more good stuff
  • I'd get to show off some things (I can mark stuff I don't want to sell as "Not For Sale")
  • I might get rid of a lot of stuff
  • I might make money
  • Most of the materials I need to make these mental projects are pretty inexpensive
  • I can teach myself a couple of new skills that I want to learn (like embroidery and glue gun mastery)
  • I can practice skills that I have beginner knowledge of (like wire work - especially now that I finally have a damned anvil)
  • I have too many pieces of jewelry to wear; getting rid of some means I'll have room for new stuff
  • It'll be a new experience
  • I try to do things that scare me (and the idea of this scares the shit out of me)
  • Good publicity (I could advertise my availability as an editor as well as a jewelry maker)
  • I still have a good-sized pile of KJC Creates business cards, so I wouldn't need to make more of those
  • I just renewed the KJC Creates domain - might as well get some use out of it

Cons:
  • It costs money to participate and I should be using ALL my money to pay off my GIGANTIC BILLS
  • I'll probably spend money I can't afford to spend buying various materials to create some of the projects I have in mind
  • It is HIGHLY unlikely that I'll even break even, much less make a profit
  • I'm so busy right now that I'm LOSING MY MIND and don't need to add another thing (especially a big giant unknown scary thing) to the pile
  • The whole thing will probably turn me into a stress puppy (kind of a corollary of the previous bullet)
  • I won't get to see any studios
  • Even though going to the studios of others means I often spend money on art (a bad thing), I will miss being able to buy myself a few small and beautiful things
  • I won't get to talk to the artists (which I really enjoy)
  • Most of the beading stuff I have I bought for MYSELF and don't really want to give away, even in exchange for cash
  • I don't have a good work space
  • I'll have to use the porch as my sales room and if it's cold or rainy, that's gonna suck
  • If there's a trolley again this year, I won't be able to coordinate the Somerville Garden Club volunteers
  • I should clean & organize the house instead of making jewelry & crafts
  • It'll probably irritate the BF

Fuck. I dunno. What do ya'll think? (And please be honest. I have enough sunshine up my butt already that when I fart, ships change direction.)
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[User Picture]From: foomf
2008-02-07 08:28 am (UTC)
Do creative stuff as if you were going to participate, but do not actually participate.

In the Cons, you have money, money, money, time, stress, lack of facility, bad facility, and relationship.

In the Pros, you have Deadline Good, maybe good, maybe good, maybe sell, maybe make money, practice skills, learn skills, unload stuff, try new thing, and Publicity.

Four big fat maybes, and some stuff you can do without having to participate. The ONLY thing I see there that makes any sense is that you're considering that you want to learn the skills, and use them, and that you think you could leverage off the deadline, if it didn't just make you crack.

None of this feels right to me.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-02-07 08:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, the Pros did feel very squishy. Writing it out helped to clarify that for me. But then I wasn't sure if I was just being a scaredy-cat or what.
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[User Picture]From: drwex
2008-02-07 04:47 pm (UTC)
I would tend to agree with this and say that you can use the SOS deadline to push you over that last hump when you're _almost_ ready to do it, but probably not to get the project going from what sounds like nearly scratch. Getting things ready for that might be a reasonable project for the next few months.
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[User Picture]From: metagnat
2008-02-07 03:10 pm (UTC)
It doesn't sound like Open Studios is a good event for you to pursue, at least this time around. It is possible that you could instead decide to do your own gallery showing at a different time - then it would be free to you (except for the advertising, which could be accomplished mostly online).

But, honestly, you're already spread so thin that I think concentrating on other stuff might be better/more effective.

-E
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[User Picture]From: istemi
2008-02-07 05:25 pm (UTC)
I see mostly "ought to"s, not "want to"s. Will you enjoy it? Doesn't look like it, as stated above.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-02-07 05:52 pm (UTC)
As for space, you can ask for community space to show your stuff in. SOS has it there for just this kind of reason.

Also, ask yourself if you want to be a "recognized" artist. That's one of the things that SOS is really trying to help happen. They are trying to connect artists with audiences.

And, if you have any questions, big, small, whatever. You can always write to membership@somervilleopenstudios.org where I'll get it and will respond to you ASAP. :)
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[User Picture]From: muffyjo
2008-02-07 05:53 pm (UTC)
As for space, you can ask for community space to show your stuff in. SOS has it there for just this kind of reason.

Also, ask yourself if you want to be a "recognized" artist. That's one of the things that SOS is really trying to help happen. They are trying to connect artists with audiences.

And, if you have any questions, big, small, whatever. You can always write to membership@somervilleopenstudios.org where I'll get it and will respond to you ASAP. :)
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[User Picture]From: wonderreader
2008-02-07 10:37 pm (UTC)
How about this year going to the open houses with an eye towards what works, what doesn't; what seems to be selling what isn't. Maybe you could even interview some of the artists and write a little article about it. You could get to know some artists, find out some inside scoop, maybe send the article off to someplace (exposure for KJC) and think about actually doing the show next year. Four months only sounds like a lot of time - it isn't for this sort of thing. But in a year...maybe you and some friends could do it together - a studio can be a conglomeration of people - to have a larger selection to sell and more people to "woman the booth". The porch would work with a space heater for your feet and if a friend did fabric stuff it would look wonderful waving in the breeze. Also gives you a whole year to bring the BF around. It would still be scary but you would be working from a better knowledge base.
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