Countdown to KMAF

Summer, why do you leave us so soon?

I look forward to these things in the summer: warm weather, beach trips, road trips, outdoor fairs and concerts. I was only able to do one road trip, but I was able to spend lots of time on my bike, going to the beach, and I checked out a few outdoor concerts. My summer wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) and riding the Polar Express–the only ride I can go on without getting sick. However, I am proud that I was able to go on another ride called ‘Crazy Mouse’ and enjoy it.

This past weekend, I attended Riot Fest in Downsview Park. My friend had passes for the two-day event and I was able to check out the Sunday performances, which were all great. Performances we saw included The New Pornographers, Stars, Metric, The National, and Die Antwoord. I danced and danced… It was so good!

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Checking out the air show at Hanlan’s Point.

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My classes are in full swing and I have assignments due in the next few days. What’s also coming on the horizon is the Kensington Market Art Fair (KMAF). I’m excited and concerned about it. I’ve never done a solo show before, especially at an art fair. I have a basic idea as to how I want my booth to be set up but honestly, I haven’t delved deeper into it. I’m more worried about getting enough pieces done for the fair and getting all of the small details accomplished.

I feel that I should panic to get everyone everything done, but I’m not in a panicky state of mind. I don’t have the 20 pieces I had originally planned for; I have only half. But it’s what I have. I wish I could stitch faster but unfortunately I can’t. I try to stitch in between my assignments or at work when it’s quiet. I’ve accepted the fact that there isn’t much I can do now except present what I have.

I also realized that I had signed up for way too much. Originally my plan was to do KMAF in September and October, and then a solo show at Superjet International in the fall but I had to back out of the latter. The curator, who is also my friend, was thankfully understanding, which is a great relief. She understood that I have way too much on my plate, even though I had the best of intentions to get everything done on time. While I had a few months to stitch when I agreed to do these shows, I worked every day on my ideas and a lot of the time was spent trying to figure out what to do. I sourced ideas, sketched, and tried techniques that eventually didn’t work, which lead to ones that did. It wasn’t until later in the summer that I had the opportunity to actually stitch. It made me realize that I can’t book two or three shows at the same time. One at a time is plenty.

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Like my makeshift drying rack? My willow branches now have a use instead of just being decorative!

There’s tons more to do for the show but I don’t want to panic because there’s no need for it. If I only have nine pieces to show and sell, then that’s what I have. I will continue to stitch up until the show date. In the meantime, I have to re-learn how to balance work, school and personal stuff again. With a year under my belt, I know what I need to do and not waste time doing it.


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