With weaving (plus teaching/writing about weaving) being so labour intensive, oftentimes with months of input before any kind of return comes into the bank account, I became pretty proficient at having large numbers of projects partially underway. Oftentimes I would feel like the guy on the Ed Sullivan Show with his sticks and spinning plates. How many could he keep balanced before they would topple off and crash to the floor?
This past summer I've been working on a number of projects, all in process, all requiring some attention in order to keep them moving forward.
The distressing thing is to finally have to admit to myself that I can no longer keep more than just a few of these kinds of projects humming along. I just don't have the energy or mental wherewithal any more.
It's been...sobering. OTOH, it was part of the reason I 'retired' (for certain values of). I just didn't have the physical stamina or mental acuity to keep doing craft fairs, haring all over the country to teach, plus the writing and marketing of myself and my work.
Paring back what I was doing became essential, but even so, opportunity knocked and I took on the Next Big Project. I also took on a commission, which has proven to be challenging and more time consuming than I hoped/expected. Both of those projects have time lines that I can't miss and this has put pressure on me in addition to my health issues. The past three months have taken more out of me than I hoped.
But! I am managing - just - to keep both of those things ticking along and both will be done soon enough.
As the year progresses, covid continues, and hopefully things will improve. With hope and optimism, the local Community Arts Council has determined that they can produce their craft fair, with as much protection as possible. They have moved the event to a much larger venue so booths can be spread out further apart. Participants and customers will have to show proof of vaccination, and indoor mask mandates are currently still in force. I'm not expecting to attend because I'm still taking every precaution to prevent exposure to the virus. New advice is indicating who might be possible to get a booster, but at this point I don't 'qualify' under the terms I read on the government website.
However, the guild also plans on a guild room sale on the weekends following Studio Fair and that I feel I can participate in personally. (Doug has offered to work shifts at Studio Fair on my behalf. I still have lots of inventory I would LOVE to sell!)
At the guild AGM, several members said they were really enjoying the Sunday Seminars. I may be convinced to book more in the new year. I thought of another speaker I would love to have and who would have lots of interesting things to say about textiles. But I'll wait until after my current crop of deadlines are done. One more study group this Sunday, then two in October and what ever Zoom meetings are left will move to the new year.
Autumn is definitely in the air. And time marches on.