Turns out that 2016 had some huge changes in store for me, all of them good although rather sudden and unexpected and a bit of a challenge to keep up with over the last few months. Now that the dust is beginning to settle I am slowly beginning to figure out what to keep and what to shake up, and how I would like this next phase of my life to look.
Some parts are easier than others. The studio was well and truly ready for a bit of a facelift, and finding a rather shabby old display cabinet at a local op shop was the trigger. Unfortunately I didn't take a "before" shot, but this is how it looks after a good cleaning, sanding, a few coats of paint and a new LED light. I love it, those curved lines and the mirrored back, and that it looks like a cross between something Dr. Seuss or Leunig might draw.
The long glass cabinet had to be moved away from this wall as it's prone to flooding in heavy rain. The wall, not the cabinet. It is not raised and was impossible to move to mop up the water. But in its new position separating the display area from the working area there was no wall for it to back up against, and being able to see straight through made it difficult to really focus on the contents of the cabinet.
My handy man came to the rescue and made some backboards for it which solved all those problems and created a wonderful place to play with shadows.
It's been a lot of fun filling this one back up and watching the shadowplay. Here are a few of the culprits that created the shot above, a couple of beadles, a lacework snail and a poor footless woman, yet another unfinished relic from a long ago workshop. I always knew she'd be good for something!
And here's a rare photo of me with my eyes open, having a good chuckle as I played with their shadows and inadvertently hit the reverse button on the camera.
There's a bit more to be done getting the studio sorted out, and then it will be on to the laundry which is in serious need of a big clean out and then some rearranging. I need to make room to set up my newest toy, a copper electroforming kit. There's a pile of interesting bits of stuff just waiting to be transformed. A bit like me really!
Infrequent ramblings could occur here. Not necessarily glass related but almost always having something to do with making something.