Monday, October 06, 2008

open studios

As usual, I was so busy talking to the hundreds of people who came through the studio today that I forgot to take pix during the afternoon. I did get this one shot before we opened the door, but there was another wall that I didn't get a picture of. I had a wonderful day! Lots of people asked questions about my processes and I explained that everything starts out WHITE. Three people were interested in one particular piece, but I told them it was reserved. It was the favorite of the show. And two other people saw one piece of fabric on my design wall and asked me to let them know when I had made it into a piece. Yikes! I had to tell the second person that there was someone in line ahead of him. Now THAT's motivation to finish it! Lots of people bought books - I don't have very many left. (so if you want a signed copy while I still have them, let me know). And I sold almost all the silk scarves I had brought with me -- I just got a shipment of white silk scarves in and needed to make room for the new ones I will be dyeing/printing, so I threw these in at the last minute and put them on sale. I think I have 5 left, and they have been reduced to $45 from $75. If I get to it, I will post them and if there are any you want, let me know. One of my customers asked to take my picture, so after she was done I asked her to take one with my camera. If you read the article in this month's Cloth Paper Scissors, you will recognize the background.See those snazzzzzy new red glasses?(now I match my metal shelving, background) They are my new el cheapo drugstore reading glasses!! I have always envied people who could use these things, but I had to have prescription reading glasses because I was plus in one eye and minus in the other. Blah. Now, since my cataracts are gone and I have new lenses, I have to throw away (no, give away) all my prescription glasses. I don't need anything for distance...and hopefully, when my eyes finally heal and get adjusted, it will remain this way. So - this is why I am smiling. Also because I made enough today to pay next month's rent. Tomorrow, I need to dye/print some scarves. Our granddaughter Rebecca, who lives in Bethesda, turns 13 in November and will be Bat Mitzvah'd four weeks from now. She has asked me to make her tallis and would prefer one in hot pink, lime green, and purple, so I need to get busy. Soy wax? stripes? dots? Oh, my - what fun it will be to experiment. I have not done scarves in quite a while.

7 comments:

TracyB said...

Rayna, LOVE what you're creating and LOVE your new book, thank you!!

I've tagged you, which is totally voluntary, should you want to play, I've posted the rules on my blog :)

Terry said...

Love those red glasses! Your studio looks wonderful too.

Deb H said...

You look beautiful Rayna. It must be great to make enough on your art to pay the rent! I have to keep my day job!

I bought a copy of your book here at the quilt shop where I teach. I was tickeled to find it here! It's a great book. I'd still like to take a class from you some day. I'll keep trying!

Susie Monday said...

Love the work on the wall. I too am making scarves -- teaching a class called 16 scarves. Gee, I had forgotten how different it is to work on thin silks! Lets just say I am learning about 1/10th of a step ahead of the participants in the class!

Dale Anne Potter said...

CONGRATS on all the sales and LOVE those red glasses.
Don't toss your old glasses....I believe its the Lions Club that collect old glasses and gives to people in the third world who need them.

Dale Anne Potter said...

CONGRATS on all the sales and LOVE those red glasses.
Don't toss your old glasses....I believe its the Lions Club that collect old glasses and gives to people in the third world who need them.

Vivien said...

Congratulations on the successful day. No surprise people are battling for your pieces.