In the last few weeks I've finally found the time to concentrate on setting up my Hanji business.
Unrealistically I want everything to happen at once. I'd like to find a place to conduct classes and to be instantly organised so that I can get started. My mind knew that it wasn't going to happen but my heart was really hoping otherwise.
Despite my slight despondency I've had an interesting and very enjoyable week of networking with some of the local artists including painters, ceramicist and print-makers as well as meeting up with a few of my neighbors.
One of them took me to look through a local warehouse that's currently being fitted out for an Aboriginal artist to hold exhibitions in and it'll also be occupied by a print-maker who wants a part of it as her studio but unfortunately, the rest of the space is already fully taken.
This area of Brompton and Bowden has so many lovely old shopfronts that are not being used so I've knocked on some doors to inquire in case anyone knew where I could find studio space but, so far no leads there.
I did however meet some very nice people who are going to look out for me and I feel that with their help something will turn up really soon.
It's early days yet and I still have other options of studio space to explore, some of which are a little further afield but as long as I can continue doing what I love that's not going to matter.
In the meantime I've started on a new project as you can see. It's a Korean tea table made in the traditional Hanji way but I'm using a very different paper to try to create a more modern appeal to the craft.
I'll keep you posted as to how it all goes ......