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printmaking, small business

Glass Half Full – Recognizing Opportunities during Tough Times

My oh my, it has been a long time since we (or I) last talked, hasn’t it? I cannot lie. I have been using social distancing as an excuse to hide out a little. This year has been rough and, natural introvert that I am, I have been finding my own company very soothing. I …

motivation, small business

Super Busy, Extra Thankful

It has been a volatile month or so here at Noctiluna HQ (also known as the studio above my garage). In late October/ early November, feeling ragged and uninspired, I gave myself a two week break from printing. I spent this time locked my studio exploring my painterly side and listening to audiobooks while muttering …

art and design, small business, working from home

A Review of My Year So Far

This is a year of firsts. It is my first time as an Artist in Residence at a school. I am building my first studio ever. This is the first season that I am focusing on making products for shops, and my first year of really being at peace with working from home. The Residency …

productivity, Years review

2018 in Review

I have been in that strange in-between fuzzy space where life, work, and play have dissolved into a hot, soupy mess. Those few days between Christmas, and the new year, are always hazy and insubstantial. I feel I should really do some work, but I also feel floppy, disoriented and overly affected by the kids …

design, screen printing

Finding My Screen Printing Bliss

One of the greatest advantages to running my own business is that, it is very hard to ever be bored with my job. After an intense and very physical summer of running a summer camp and teaching art all day every day, it is really lovely to switch gears for a while, and get back …

happiness, inspiration

8 Happy Things Looming On My Horizon

I have a close friend whose son asked me for “something awesome” on a visit. Nothing specific, just…“something awesome” – right, no pressure then. At the time I was actually tickled pink that he had chosen me as his personal purveyor of awesome things, but I wasn’t quite sure that the two of us had …

education, productivity

How the Rain Motivated Me To Start Writing Curriculum

I have been holed up in my local library writing curriculum all week. It is perfect weather for this: the rain has been unrelenting for days, and there is hardly any sunlight filtering through the windows, and I have turned into a solid, unmoving rock. A childhood spent in England has definitely not made me …

motivation, productivity

Doing Versus Writing – The Part Time Blogger’s Struggle

Most of the time, my blog and my design practice  have a lovely symbiotic relationship. I blog to clarify thoughts and ideas and write about things that propel me into action. The things I subsequently make, and the process of making them inspires me to blog again. This in turn motivates me to keep creating …

productivity, wellness

Finding Ways to Dream and Stay Productive At the same time

When I close my eyes and picture myself in the future, I am painting huge canvases in a studio that looks a bit like Picasso’s one in the south of France. Sunlight streaming through windows, the beach only a short walk away. I will wander through meadows, and live in a house that looks just like Frida …

productivity, wellness

January Slump – Survival Tips For Artists and Other Humans Who Work From Home

It’s January and all I want to do is wrap a blanket around myself and whisper sweet nothings to my sofa. I am not a Winter person, I find it difficult to be productive and ebullient when I am cold. Heck, I find it difficult to even get out of bed when I am cold, and working …

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