Everything here is slowly gravitating towards our move, but just very slowly. I had the first boxes delivered. Previously this room hosted my office with a desk which obviously has gone to make room for the boxes.
They arrived at the beginning of this week, but I have not packed a single box so far. – That is because we still do not have a definite moving date. Just today we met with one of our builders, next week I will meet with another one. – Several teams are working at different parts of the house.
The thing amongst others that I discussed today and will discuss next week is the outhouse which is going to serve as my new studio.
I thought it would be ideal as a studio space. And was just a little bit worried about possible dampness. We thought we’d plan in a decent amount of money to spend on it, since it is quite important for me to have a good workspace. But costs are rising constantly. The current suggestion is about twice as expensive than first planned, and it does not encompass the recommended raising of the floor in combination with installing a new door that we discussed today. Phew – this is all hard stuff.
But, apart from worrying, and meeting people, there is not yet awfully much to do for the move. And I do hope to finish a first copy of 346 before the move, ideally before the school holidays (means in March), since then I’ll have two weeks of a forced break anyway, and after that I’ll probably finally have to start packing. It is still A LOT of work to be done until then. But I am really pleased at how the pages are coming along now.
As you can see, I now have lots of little fish swimming over the pages. This might seem odd, but to me it isn’t. I started drawing fish when I was in hospital, in the second half of my stay there, and have been drawing them ever since. I find fish rather creepy, I guess it is a phobia thing. (I do have real trouble walking over fish markets.) But they finally generate the feel on the pages that I am looking for.
I have been struggling to find meaning in why I have been drawing fish, but maybe that is exactly that: The kind of fear which I know is irrational, matches quite well with the feelings I had back then. Maybe it is silly to put them on these pages, because they won’t generate the same feeling for others, of course. But maybe for you the fish will mean something else, or it will always be a little bit of a puzzle why fish swim over the pages of this report. But that’s o.k., I guess. I am finally happy with how things come together, and now I just have to work through loads of pages, make drawings, clean them up, arrange them on the pages, print them, assemble them to a scroll, bind the case… Ah well, getting it done before the holidays quite surely is impossible, but I’ll hang on to that hope for a while longer.
Do you remember the “daily” beach sketch I was making at a time. Well, this project has nearly come to an end, just two pages left to fill, and I started a new sketchbook with fish. I also created an album on ipernity where I currently upload my sketches as daily as I manage to make them.
On a different matter: I have been thinking for a long time about changing my (Etsy-) Shop name and related to that really my business name and everything. Büchertiger or buechertiger is really a terrible choice in an international setting. Just changing it to book tiger (the English translation) seems like the obvious decision, but now that I will have a real studio for the first time, maybe it is the time to go for something completely different. What do you think?