daruma san ga koronda

21.10.2014

Hi all, thought I should make an update since it’s probably been a while. As per usual with life here, lately I’ve been extremely busy with my job, and have also doing a reasonable amount of stuff during the weekend too. Right now it’s 8.30am and I’ll be starting work from 9.15am and finishing at 6.15pm. After that I will be going out with my friends to a restaurant… probably will not stay out late because I am very tired every day. Going to bed early has become a treat for me, not a punishment as it used to be. I love getting into my warm bed and reading a book… What have I become?

So, work is very busy, that’s nothing new I suppose. From this weekend the week of Halloween themed party lessons begins, and so over the next three days or so I will be quickly trying to do all of the preparations along with doing my usual lessons and admin work. We (my colleague and I) have been here just over two months, and it feels like we started ages and ages ago, but I still feel like there’s so much more I need to learn.

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26.10.2014

I made it through the week, and the first two Halloween parties were successful! What a relief. There are a few more, maybe 4-5 next week. This weekend I hope to rest lots. Today I was a little ill so I stayed in bed until after 11am, a really rare thing for me since lately I’ve been waking up automatically at 6.30am every day.

Written from later in the evening… For the remainder of my day, after finally getting up, I ate some indulgent chocolate corn flakes breakfast with milk (the milk here is really good). I then decided to cycle up the main street where I live to find a pretty river lined with a few super shops and cafes. I was recommended by one of my students to check the area out, and found a shop that I loved. I wanted to buy loads of their stuff, but want to save my money until payday… Unfortunately I didn’t have much time and had to head back home in order to eat lunch and make it to the Halloween event on at the place where I work.

I made pasta with pesto and salad for lunch, a dish that I eat almost any time that I cook (not every day as I often have odd working times), because I am lazy and I still haven’t gotten round to buying that many ingredients. After that, I cycled to work to spend a couple of hours observing, participating in and helping at the event there. It started to get a little cold at around 5pm so I decided to cycle back home, put away some stuff and then head to the train station to wander aimlessly around the shops. At the post office, getting cash out, I ran into two Russian ladies I’d seen before around town (there aren’t many foreigners up here!), so I said hi and chatted to them a bit. We exchanged contact info, and they later added me on facebook. Maybe we can become friends?

Anyway, I headed to the station, taking a quick detour to one of my favourite stationery and homeware shops. I am looking forward to future paydays so that I can buy some of the lovely things from the shop; indoor shoes, letter writing kits, even a few zines – although from a quick look I realised I’d have trouble trying to read the handwritten, tiny Japanese. Worth a shot though, right?

At the station I wandered a little, video called my mum and sister, giving them a tour of the shopping centre. I showed them all the dried squid snacks and curry packs in Muji, along with a couple of my favourite other shops, and then gave them a tour of the underground food section – restaurants and grocery stores. I have to admit now that I went to McDonalds for dinner and had a hamburger… after that I bought a cream puff from Beard Papa’s (strange name, I know) and then decided it would probably be time to head home.

At home I showered and got into my slacker clothes, a pair of black tracksuit bottoms and a men’s jumper I bought super cheap on sale in the UK. I watched the film Fargo with my colleague and now here I am, typing away. I enjoyed Fargo and definitely want to make a point of seeing the TV drama version too. I loved the Minnesotan accents and the snowy bleak landscapes. Steve Buscemi is a cool actor too, although I pretty much disliked all the main characters except for the main police lady and her husband. I felt sorry for the lady who was kidnapped and I felt sorry for the man who pretended his wife had died. I think he needed a good friend, or some talking therapy.

Who would have thought that I could spend so much time writing about a fairly uneventful day? Oh well, no need to worry about whether or not I sound boring, because if I am boring then people simply won’t read this, and I’m fine with that!

I hope to go to bed early tonight, reading The Giver by Lois Lowry, maybe call my boyfriend and my family too, and then wake up nice and early tomorrow. Then, I can take my bike and have a more extensive exploration of the bridge/river area. There’s also a shop I want to check out by the city station, although odds are that I won’t be able to afford any of the products actually there. It’ll be nice to look though. I’ve been avoiding spending money lately, afraid maybe, or simply too self-restrained! I’m trying to loosen up and I would like to do a little bit of shopping tomorrow if I may.

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Thought Bubble Convention

I am sorry to say this but my camera wasn’t charged enough so I did not get good pictures of the convention! I will however supplement my photos with stuff off the internet and apologies mixed in. Oh, and I can take photos of the things I bought!

leeds thought bubble convention

Photo from The Guardian.

Where to start… so last Friday (22nd) I headed on the train to Leeds, for the convention beginning 10am the next day. I prepared most of my ‘wares’ the week earlier so all I had to do was price the felt badges after checking with people about what price would be appropriate. As usual, I probably underpriced my work. I sold the Jake (from Adventure Time) badges for £4 and the other badges were mostly the same or lower… apart from the wolf badge which I sold quite quickly for £6. Perhaps a sign to produce more! I’d decided not to price them very expensive as I am really new to crafting. When I’ve made more maybe I can price them up a bit more for putting on the etsy shop, once that’s set up. Not much higher though…

On the morning of the convention, I arrived at 9.30am with my friends Corinthia and Luke. We set up really quickly ’cause we accidentally arrived later than most others. I felt pretty embarrassed with my stock, as I felt like I hadn’t given myself enough time to create relevant items… and I was unhappy with the quality of the work – no change from usual then 🙂

badges

The giraffe badge was for me by my friend Vera, and the Espeon badge I bought from Amai Studio’s stall in Thought Bubble.

 

The first day was good, it mostly involved sitting at our shared table, talking to the occasional customer who walked by and browsed. Actually getting to walk around the convention was really exciting because there were so many stalls. There were three halls to explore, and lots of friendly artists. I bought a few presents for Christmas, comics, badges and stickers to send to people by post… I also bought a lot of stickers for myself.

cute sticker

I don’t normally buy lots of cute stuff, but I really like the way the hair was drawn 🙂

cute sticker

The colours are really nice too. I don’t want to stick these on anything though, I want to keep them…

I met a nice couple of people running a stall in another area, they had feminist slogans and quotes from TV shows on their items. I hope I can see them again! Not sure whether I appeared to be a crazy enthusiastic desperate person looking for companionship or just a nice artist person. Hopefully the latter.

lsp card

Here is one of their cards for sale… you can find more on their facebook page.

 

The second day was pretty much the same, with more meeting of nice people. Gemma Correll was selling at a table, but I was too shy to go up and tell her how great she is, maybe next time! I also was fortunate to get to meet Fiona of Fiona Creates, a cool illustrator who also put work in to Ladyquest zine. It was great to hear about her experiences setting herself up as a freelancer and I hope that with the motivation she gave me, I can work a little harder and progress too.

By the end of Sunday I had made about the same as my train fare in cash. Taking back £60+ from a shared table at a comic convention without actually having any comics to sell seems fairly good to me. I’m sure more established and better prepared people would make a lot more money, but I will try to prepare more next time and hopefully at the next opportunity my work will fit in better.

Hope you all don’t mind that this was quite a wordy post, I just thought I should document the weekend for myself and anyone who happens to be interested (I’m sure that reading this journal isn’t for everyone though, and that’s fine too).

well hello there

Hi,

This is my new space for my art/personal blog, which was previously at www.elysiaart.blogspot.com (there’s hundreds of old posts on there and it’ll be archived eventually). To people who have followed me here, thanks; and to new people… this blog will look more interesting soon, I swear! We are also working on portfolio-type websites at university, so that’ll be completed at some point, too!

ImageIn the mean time, here’s a book page I just scanned today. It’s a page from my art journal which I have been working on for a while. The pages of all three projects are on my deviantART account, here.

Today (Friday) I have loads to get done, since the weekend will involve working in the supermarket. I’m not really looking forward to tomorrow. So after I write this blog post I’m going to try talk to my tutor for a little bit in order to sort through my work. Then I’ve got quite a bit of stuff to do at home… like making an artists’ CV (for some exciting exhibition opportunity in China!), website, hoovering (less fun), etc.

So I best be off now but I’ll try post again soon. Thanks again to anyone who is actually reading this. I hope to edit the layout of this blog soon too, and post links to my other things such as my instagram account, etc.