If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you probably know that I recently expanded my business to add teaching Zentangle® classes and selling Zentangle® products. I attended the Zentangle® Teacher’s Certification program in Providence, Rhode Island last April and began teach in May. Since that time, several of my Chiyogami Mosaic enthusiasts have asked if I’m giving up Chiyogami Mosaics, so I wanted to clarify how my business is evolving.
Rest assured, I am not giving up Chiyogami Mosaics! What I am doing is finding ways of doing business closer to home.
I started doing a lot of shows in 2012, with most of them being a good two hours’ drive from my home. Several were in Southern California, and I even went to Las Vegas. I was gone a lot, and I missed a lot of gatherings with people who are near and dear to me. I especially missed Eric, my sweetie, and I missed my dog Gracie, too.
And then, someone I knew died. While she wasn’t a close friend, she was close enough to make me reevaluate all the time spent away, and everything I was missing. As the 2015 Spring/Summer event application time began, I decided to cut back. The decision was difficult because I enjoy all the shows I do.
I’ve blogged before about the difficulty of outdoor shows, and ultimately, those are the shows I chose to cut because they are the most difficult. I am continuing to do most of the indoor shows I’ve done in the past, and I’m adding a few new ones during the Holiday Season. My weekends will be consumed by shows from October through Christmas.
This decision created an opening for me to do something new between January and September, and Zentangle proved to be a great addition. I enjoy the Zentangle method immensely, and I enjoy teaching. The classes I teach are shorter (about 2 hours) than my day-long mosaic workshops and are more affordable for a greater number of people. Setup and cleanup are easier too, so Zentangle classes will be scheduled on an ongoing basis.
I expect that I will have three more Mosaic Workshops in 2015, and at least eight Mosaic Workshops in 2016. I’ve added some new offerings for returning Mosaic Workshop participants, and plan to continue to do 1/2 day mosaic workshops at Rileystreet Art Store in Santa Rosa.
If you are interested in Chiyogami Mosaics or Zentangle, please email me or give me a call.