This year has been one nobody could have expected... self employed people and creatives in particular have had some incredibly difficult times. While I have been really lucky in that I could continue making work at home, enjoying the quiet time with my fiance and dog, and selling my work online, I know that things are going to take a long time to get back to 'normal'.
So! In September I will be starting a new job- my first full time employment in over seven years. It will be a massive change for me but probably sensible to have a regular income during uncertain times. Also I wanted to get back to do something to help people (more than making them smile with my pictures!), and also to have colleagues again. I love working in a team and with other people, so with all my markets and events cancelled, it was looking like even more 'me time' in the studio than usual. It'll be my first time working in a school and I'm definitely nervous, but also excited.
I'm hoping that my art business won't have to take a down turn, as I feel like the hard work has been paying off, and as I settle into Dorset life and keep making new connections, things have been going really well for me (thank you!), but I am going to have to embrace the changes and maybe look at a new way of working. Stricter timetable, designated drawing time, and probably less time for commissions, which will mean a price increase at some point. I will stop taking commissions in September for at least a couple of months while I get settled in, so if you've been thinking about getting something made just for you, get in touch sooner rather than later!
Change usually brings its own challenges, but with that comes inspiration from all the new experiences, so I look forward to seeing what's to come. Wish me luck!