Selvedge magazine are having a party to celebrate five years in existence. Five years of delightful, distinctive and even informative copy. A magazine with whom I have advertised since it’s very first issue without a single regret and plenty of results. And yet…can I be bothered to travel 1000 miles to sip champagne on a Hampstead lawn, nibble canapes and network with textile royalty? No, is the honest answer. I really would rather fulfill my community duties and decorate Lismore hall with holly and synthetic sparkles and wallow in the muddy mire that is Lismore in December. Am I missing a potentially mind blowing network opportunity? Probably, possibly…definitely! Oooops. (she says with very little concern)

I have however, sent them 10 birdy brooches for their goody bags and a caffetiere wrap to raffle with labels and all relevant contact details firmly attached.

Birdy brooch heading to Hampstead.
Birdy brooch heading to Hampstead.

I stopped at the shop/post office to send parcels on the way back home and discussed this with David my mild mannered shop keeper (who told Freda not to buy his tomatoes because they didn’t taste of anything )and Freda who sells her cakes at a farmer’s market once a month. “It’s about work/life balance” we concluded. Why scout for more work when you’re already busy enough with life in general? “Yes! Absolutely” and yet a little voice deep within is saying “and what about making a living?”….Shooosht!

I think I need a bossy boss!

Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

3 replies on “Network Apathy

  1. Although the thought of attending anything to do with Selvedge excites me 1000 miles is a little too far for a mid week party:)
    I am getting a subscription for Christmas.
    Those birds are wonderful.

  2. Don’t feel bad for not going. It’s a long plane ride and expensive tickets and so energy-draining and stuff. It would be cool though….

    Cute birds! I’m sure your goodies will draw some attention. Don’t you worry, Miss Sarah!

  3. Sarah Sarah consider your green credentials and add that to your work/life/environmental balance.Hampstead is pleasant enough (I used to live there for years) but the end does not jusify the means. And we would miss you.

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