for a change.
Our beloved Glad Dreams Workshop is closed. This is a good thing, because
We are putting forth all of our creative energy to make this a true artist workshop.
When we reopen it will be like nothing anyone has ever encountered. Unique
wonderful, and one of a kind.
Back to the Art dept. Well, now that our baby line is well established...we have a beautiful well made, well price line and wonderful fixtures. All of this is put together in our newly designed shop next door. It really looks fabulous with new fixtures and art..... It is a show piece for all of our customers, wholesale and retail. We are now ready for phase 2. We would like to show you...there is no end to creativity. So the idea behind the Laconner workshop is to make it a shop that can be shopped globally. We are in a very small town that is a tourist destination. We get people who drive up from Seattle or down from Vancouver. That is not enough traffic. I often say it's like opening a lemonade stand and just waiting for people to discover you. I believe the world is our customer. I want to take the Laconner workshop experience to the public.
I believe that people are interested in the creative process. I ran into a friend at the grocery store a couple of days ago...and she made the comment, "I want to make something but I just don't know where to start." Well you can follow us. Follow the creative process of the workshop. We will do that thru this blog. Facebook, twitter, utube all of it. I don't have that figured out yet...but we will learn. You can follow that too. Three years ago I didn't know what I know now....so there is hope for us technically challenged people.( Chris thinks all this technology is just a phase.)
We have our work cut out for us...because... we have, no firm direction, no clear cut ideas, no art yet conceived. An old house full of stuff we don't want and a lot of physical as well as emotional and intellectual pain ahead of us. The workshop will be something new...yet old,I think the concept of " recycled ", is apropos. I heard a new term the other day...Shabbilism. I am taking this to mean, used, worn, comfortable and minimal. Less is more. One wonderful recycled piece of art, not a shelf of stuff. A collection can be 2 or 3 things not hundreds!
I don't know what we will present but it will be Art...conceived through our imagination and created with our hands. It won't be a lot, it will be enough. We don't know when we will open... it will be
when we are ready, to share.
So, what is the creative process?
What drives a person to get up at 4:00a.m. and
start sketching or drawing...painting and sculpting?
The journey of self expression as an art form brings emotions like, anxiety
...frustration, disappointment, exhaustion,and also joy, satisfaction and excitement . The artist will create, even if no one appreciates the expression. BUT...when another human being sees the value in your art, it is a validation to the artist...it is honor, acceptance, love. It connects the artist to the recipient. It is the, "sally fields effect".
As artists, we will continue to create and share. It is our way of connecting to the rest of the world. ( I may not be able to verbalize my feelings...here let me show you...) On behalf of my fellow artists we invite you to take this voyage into unchartered waters with us. For it is not in the docking at the port, (the art), that brings us the joy, wisdom, presence and appreciation...it is the sailing itself. It is the expedition that we wish to share. For in the sharing we will become shipmates. From all the artists, and the staff that supports us and makes it possible for us to be creative, we would like to welcome you aboard.