It’s yet another in a series of mixed-bag weather-days. I love this time of year for that reason. We get grey clouds, then some light rain, more cloudiness, and oh so slowly a shift as the day progresses to brighter light and by early afternoon or so the sun breaks through, making the last hours of the day a rich spectacle. With the grey light and the cool temperatures (high today will be in the upper 50’s), there’s a lot of kvetching around these parts (though certainly not in this studio) about all the dang rain and why can’t we have summer now that it’s June??!! For those who are unfamiliar with the Pacific Northwest, it’s important to note that the reason that the predominant color here most of the year is green is because of the soft, grey, quiet rainy days for many months. And for me, those days form the perfect background for the deep and bright colors I prefer to use in my work.
Some of the decisions I’ve made lately are beginning to appear as done deals. I now have signage for this studio, which is located in the business district of this tiny town but is hidden away off the street. Yesterday Mikie-the-signmaker installed three signs for me which I hope will direct folks here now and again to see my work process and to see and buy finished work which will be on display. I’m calling it RainShadow Textiles, and the signs say there’s a showroom. Fancy term, but hopefully intriguing. The signs look great.
The next decision was to nail down one day in my work week when I’m officially open to the public; it’s going to be Wednesdays from 10:00 to 3:00. I’ll also be available for visitation by appointment. My hope is that this will encourage visitors, but discourage frequent unannounced interruptions. If it doesn’t work well, I’ll change it. I’ll send out a notice this weekend to my list of interested supporters, and invite them to come have a look.
By next week, Marcia will have the first of the wall racks designed and built. I’m hoping at least one can be installed by the end of the week; it’s going to be MUCH nicer than the old clothes-drying rack that I’m using now! After all, if I’m calling this “studio and showroom” I want it to look a bit classy. Keeping it tidy but not messy will be an ongoing challenge, and above all the work at the looms needs to move forward apace.
(Image is of Bargello #2. Michael Stadler photograph)