How was your week so far? Studio time has been a priority for me. I can’t really say that I have accomplished much, but I am very happy to share that there is some concrete planning, designing and material selection in progress. It is only January 10th and I feel already that there is not enough time in a day, week, month or year to get everything done I want to tackle.
Meanwhile I am on track with the Creative Daily Acts, and counting ten small art pieces means the month is already 1/3 over… I am catching up with correspondence tonight and found a newsletter from one of the photography sites I subscribe to. The newsletter contains several great articles about motivation and how to kick start the year creatively. The one link that particularly caught my eye was about “365 Day Projects” Check out the link here – I bet you will find something of interest…
It was year-end for my company on December 31st. The inventory revealed that I sold the last of the Kantha Primers just before Christmas. This is a great time to revise and rethink the way I have been distributing these small books. Print is becoming less and less popular it appears, maybe due to the increased production cost. I dropped into the closest Chapters-Indigo in Regina on Tuesday and thought I had opened the doors to a home decor store. When did books get replaced by rows of cushions, chutneys and chocolates? Disappointment is too weak a word to describe my reaction. Members of my book club felt the same when we discussed it Wednesday night.
But as “they” say, if you can’t change them, join them: With a significant decrease of popularity in real books I am embarking on creating the Kantha Primer in ePub format. I always found that the Kantha Primer was very expensive to produce which resulted in a rather high retail price. I have begun to reorganize and add to the images, revise and update the written information and expand the small book first launched in 2011. I am experiencing a huge learning curve using iBooks Author. The excitement about the prospect of launching a book that can be offered through iBooks keeps me engaged. On the other hand I am also a little overwhelmed by the uncharted territory I have to navigate. This is not a weekend project but I have made a commitment to spend part of each day on writing and editing. The primer provides the basic outline along with additional notes from my workshop folder. Together this information will form the content of the new Kantha book. I will keep you posted as I progress with my ambitious project.
Enjoy your weekend!