Clarris and her identical siblings...penned and panicking!
Clarris and her identical siblings...penned and panicking!

The main and seemingly unending task in the studio these days is mass production. Doesn’t sound good I know and I do keep visualising and empathising with washed out women in China chained to their industrial sewing machines with an occasional whip sting and rice grain to induce action. Yes, I am Miss multiple maker of the moment with endless tweedie and cushion orders to fulfil for a scrap of a profit margin on the wholesale price. Still, there is a certain satisfaction in timing how many bunny legs and hen wattles can be appliqued in an hour and conversing in my mad, company starved way with whole flocks of tweed sheep and obedient bunnies.

Cushion backs cut and ready for zips
Cushion backs cut and ready for zips

By the end of the day and at certain points within it all I want to do is this…

lie down and gaze mindlessly in to space.
lie down and gaze mindlessly in to space.

However, today I was rudely jolted into a far more panicked kind of action when it occurred to me that I had not submitted my application for Origin and the deadline was TODAY. Six images were hurriedly assessed and sorted into high res and low res files.  All horror when it became evident that a black and white mug shot of maker was needed (new addition to an already complicated application). I hunted through small drawers and finally found and photographed a passport pic of me looking wistful and worn…


Photos wer sent just in time and a huge sigh of relief breathed!

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

4 replies on “Off to market

  1. Too much excitement early in my word spinning morning seeing your resigned pic. Writing isn’t photogenic or I would send a few pics of my production line which could never compete with bunny legs or hen wattles. Thanks for making me laugh.

  2. Good luck with everything, you surely have your hands full.Having visited Port Appin for a holiday last year, can I say that you live in a lovely part of Scotland. Enjoy your day – jacqui

  3. Good luck with your application Sarah. I love visiting Origin and one day dream of exhibiting there myself. I will come and say hello.
    I love reading your blog, it always amazes me how you manage to do so much lovely work. Ness

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