An introduction and a behind-the-scenes look at an artist market!

Some of you may know me from Newcomers, Book Club, walking my dog (Alvin the Wonder Dog), because of my kids, etc., but you probably don't know that I am the face or pen behind Judith Browne Calligraphy.

I spend most of my days happily making handmade books, working on my calligraphy or teaching others to make books or write beautifully, and occasionally updating my blog. In the summer I take my work to various markets and hopefully sell it. Even as I type I know I should be making stuff to sell, but I love to leave it all until the last minute!

This is what usually happens:

First of all I apply to be a vendor at the market by filling in the application and sending off three photographs of my work. I can never get the photographs to be the right size or attach to the application so that whole process is never pretty.

Then I wait to see if I am accepted. I am always sure I won't be and wish I had spent more time on the photographs.

Then if I get in there is a brief period of euphoria, a long period of procrastination and then a stressful period of gluing, sewing, slicing paper, spilling ink, tearing hair out and vowing never to do this again. This is called the panic zone when I wish I hadn't bothered to send the photographs at all.

At the moment I am in the procrastination zone. I have two markets looming and so I am spending time gardening, eating, reading, updating Alvin the Wonder Dog's Facebook page — yes he has one that was created during another period of procrastination.

I am moving toward the panic zone.

Over the next few weeks I will keep you updated on life in that panic zone, but for now click the photos above to see some of the work I do.

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Denise Graham June 16, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Hello Judith, Thank you for sharing your creative progress in Patch. It gives me comfort to know that there are other creative types who follow a similar path. I am also a procrastinator, and have trouble getting down to "getting it done" - I prefer to think of it as waiting on my muse. I'll be looking for your next update. Denise
Denise Graham June 29, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Judith, I think I know you....well Alvin for sure. Do you walk your pooch at Fairview off lease dog park? Also, I think I was at a meeting at McMurray Art League once when you were there. They need you to offer a book class. Happy Procrastination, Denise
Judith Browne June 30, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Hi Denise...yes I do walk Alvin in Fairview. What is your dog's name? If you know Alvin, you must know me and I hate to admit that was probably the only meeting of MAL I went to. I would love to do a book class. Still procrastinating by the way. Judith


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