Driving down to my studio today I heard a great interview on NPR with Sir Derek Jacobi--he was in the Cadfael series and just finished a run as King Lear--I believe. Anyhow the advice he gave was that you should not become an actor because you want to be an actor but if you need to be an actor--then go for it. Isn't the same true about artists?
Today I spent the last two hours of the day packing my van for the Baltimore show. Now for those who have never done a craft show before--much less such a prestigious one as Baltimore--this is not for the faint of heart. First I have to remove the seats from my Honda Odyssey--doable but they sure are heavy. Especially carrying them up stairs to my studio where they will rest in comfort for a week. I then have to carry my booth--yes it is steel rods--heavy--and the glass for the rest of my display down these same steps and put them carefully into my van. UGH!!! My back hurts.
I need to carefully pack the quilts--wrap them. Pack them in the van. This year I have added pillows. There is no room in the van for me. Much less my DH who is coming along this time. Where do my clothes and my computer fit? Trivial--right?
So why do I do it?
Simple. I can't think of my life without making quilts. I can't make more quilts unless I can sell the ones I have. So I will gladly drive to Baltimore--oh no--more snow is forecast. Six inches in NY city area. Enough already. Dolly all of this into the Convention Center. Set up my booth. Adjust the lights. And hope that my new pillows sell. Just so I can make more pillows and quilts.
Is this foolish? Is this a waste of my talents? I don't think so--this is what I need to do. And I will do it?
Do you need to make art? Do you have to sell art to make more? Do discuss--and while you are at is--support your local NPR station and make sure your senators and congressperson know how important they are. I almost forgot that now--alas--I have a senator who does need to be reminded.
And yes this is one of my quilts for the show.