It’s been a while since I’ve written on my blog – I was drifting a bit and then my mum died and I’ve not really felt very motivated. However, despite the upheavals in my personal life, I have remained busy and have taken part in more fairs this year than previously.

I’ve attended Craft in Focus at RHS Wisley in May,
Enamel panels and jewellery by Janine Partington

Affordable Art Fairs at Bristol and Hampstead with the Rostra Gallery in Bath in May and June, taken part in the Southbank Bristol Arts Trail where I live in Bedminster, Bristol in May,

the Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey in June,

Enamelled clocks, standing figures and vases

The Craft and Design Experience at Henley Showground, also in June and coming up this week Art in Action at Waterperry House in Oxfordshire.

I’ve also joined Made in Britain shop in Quakers Friars in Bristol. This shop is run partly by exhibiting makers who volunteer their time to man the shop. I’ve enjoyed doing this, and though I’ve only done a few duties it does make me feel part of something. This pop shop is now due to run until Christmas.

It’s been a busy time and with little motivation a huge stretch for me. I’ve also had a lot of catching up to do with orders having had a month off in April/May to deal with things. I’m still catching up, so I apologise to all my galleries for my less than optimum performance.

Doing fairs when you really aren’t feeling up to it is always difficult, and whilst I have enjoyed meeting new people and sharing my work, I am sure that at times I seemed distant and didn’t engage as well as I should. “Must do better!” would be a good sum up of my current performances.

Art in Action is due to be very hot, so I’m going to take a chair, a fan and a chill pill and enjoy the experience instead of worrying about it. I hope I’ll meet lots of lovely people and have lots of good chats.