A blogpost brought to you by Christiane Knight of Three Ravens Fiber! (Fiberygoodness Artist in Residence)

Here’s a sneak peek at one component of my Earth project!

“She was unstoppable. Not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them” – Beau Taplin

Hello, my friends. Today, I’m going to tell you all about Good Intentions and the Roads that they pave. *grin* The phrase I’ve been using lately is “life is getting in the way.” Not as an excuse, because it just IS, you know? The things need doing, no matter what one’s grander plans are, no matter what one wants to be doing. In my case, life has been getting in the way of progress for my Artist in Residence progress here, and that is incredibly frustrating, because it’s the project I’m most excited about! However, it’s also the project not paying my bills at the moment, so my energy has been going more to those tasks than the ones I’m dreaming about. I have been stealing moments here and there to work diligently, and I think you’ll be pleased with the outcome, but today is not the day I’ll be revealing anything Elemental. Trust me, I am SO sorry about that!

However, since I don’t have a fancy project to show you, I thought I’d share what it’s like to be a full-time fiber artist getting ready for a show – a behind the scenes, real-life talk about what it’s like to be me! I’m also going to explain a little about how I try to balance my time between my responsibilities. It’s a real juggling act! First, let me give you some background about how Three Ravens Studio sustains itself. It’s a one-woman show around here, a small business that’s had highs and lows in success,something I’m brutally honest about. In fact, one thing I insist on is being 100% honest and forthcoming about my business, how I run it, and why I succeed or fail at various things – it’s not only the only way I feel comfortable doing biz, but I think it’s important for other people to hear. I have a lot of folks, especially ones who want to open a small craft or fiber business, ask me questions about how I do what I do. To me, mentoring through sharing these background and operational details is a way to give back to the creative community. It’s easy to look successful even when you’re teetering on the edge of an empty bank account, but knowing what to do to fix it is something else entirely!

My biz is vary small. I bootstrap a lot of what I do. The big money flow happens seasonally, around fiber festivals and craft shows that are fiberarts friendly. I also do teaching throughout the year to bring in more regular income, but the serious cash infusions happen around March, May, September, and December, when I have some regular shows to vend. Everything else I do builds from the sales happening at those shows, and if something happens and I miss one or I don’t get accepted to one, it forces me to get very clever indeed to come up with cash!

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