Thanks for popping in. Am back at the hotel kicking back before dinner, whilst dear Dave trundles down the motorway to pick up more stock of some key things we’ve already sold out of. What a busy day! The show is generally quieter than the November NEC, but that’s ok. It means we can have good chats with old friends, and folks in wheelchairs are able to see more and move around more comfortably .
Linda had a great Hochanda TV show today, launching those new / come-out-of-retirement tools. If you missed it, you can go to Hochanda.com and watch on catch up. Clever lady indeed.
And tomorrow it’s my turn again at 12 noon. Launching a beautiful- and I mean BEAUTIFUL – pair of 3-way overlay stamps. Absolutely perfect.
Pretty exceptional artwork too, eh… what a team. I have decided to start using our new strap line often:
Clarity – The Bridge to Art.
Because that’s what I’m seeing and that’s what I’m feeling. The art I see you good people and clever people post on Facebook, the samples I see from our talented team – it’s so so true! People are crossing the invisible line and accepting that they ARE artists. Proper bona fide artists. Why we think we need an art degree to call ouselves artists baffles me!
No no no. There is a bridge to art. Many hands have built it with love over many years. As such, it is strong. It can withstand windy criticism, and it flies in the face of judgmental naysayers. Anyone can cross the bridge. Stampers, Mixed Media, Parchers. There is no toll (although I heard several times today that the house was going on the market, or the kids’ inheritance was dwindling, or ah well, you can’t take it with you!) – and there are scores of fellow artists who will gladly help you. All you need is the desire to be creative and an open mind to limitless possibilities.
I have watched and listened for the past 2 days at the NEC. No, correction. I have watched and listened for the past 25 Years! I have watched crafters like Maria and Sam and Leonie and Dee and Shelagh and Sarah and yourself and myself grow and learn and soak up ideas and play and learn more and share ideas and – boom. It is a very powerful community, is this. Not a clique, but a family, with arms wide open to anybody who decides to venture out across the bridge.
Enough philosophy. But I just wanted to share what I am observing – a strong swerve to the arty side – and it feels real good.
So tomorrow, I shall put my glad rags on again, and show off our wonderful artstamps, designed by she who totally defines our artwork: Mel Turner. What time? 12 noon. Who’s the presenter? Hahaha! Guess who!
Yep. Leonie! Woohoo!
And we have a special guest on the Clarity stand for the weekend too. Lovely Lou Withers will be inspiring us with her art. It just keeps getting better.
Time for dinner….
Love & Hugs