Welcome to the middle-of-our-summer. This Hot Windy Hungry Summer. Its been a year since I first began working on Workshop, my little project of a shop and workstudio. I had a funny conversation someone the other day when discussing what I’m doing with this shop, because he can tell I’m “having fun here.” When he said this I felt slightly stung. Having fun? Um, no, Sir! This is a real business, I’m making a profit, this is my work, my livelihood, my art. I’m very serious about this place, a dedicated worker-bee and so forth. Of course that initial sting wore off in half-a-second as I realized he had actually delivered the highest compliment I couldve ever wanted to receive. Um, yes, Sir! I’m totally having the most fun I’ve ever had. Ever. I’m in this FOR FUN. And when the fun is over, then it’s a sign to begin something new. Its challenging, stimulating, and fills me full of wonder—-which is how I define Fun.
Whats new at this fun place?
-First order of business: My tin sheet sign paintings of things-that-make-me-happy will be displayed at Aloha Exchange in Kalaheo—-a new surf/skate shop next to Brick Oven. Come to the art opening party if you can! Sunday 5-9p. Hotdogs and stuff.
-The nook under the stairs at Workshop has baffled me since inception. What a strange space! Its very tiny and I’ve tried to stuff it full of everything imaginable. Right now theres a piano under there. The latest nook-filler I’m happy to announce will be: papergoods. Cards, washi tape, envelopes, journals, notebooks, gift bags, note sets….you name it and the nook might or might not have it.
-Some new handmade friends have joined the shop’s shelves: Crystal Pembrook of A Honu Experience offers seashell encrusted iphone cases; Ariana Owen has launched a dazzling line of silk and bead jewelry; My father is blockprinting—wow!—and has been printing wave images in his spare time; Anais Finch is showcasing her cuter than cute girl dresses; Nico Made's Nicole Ferrara of Oahu has designed quirky and bold boxed note card sets.
-The vintage loft has been stuffed to the gills. Each week I am replenishing the stock with amazing fresh vintage dresses, shirts, knick-knacks, and oddities. Featuring much and lots and plenty of aloha shirts, so that bored men finally have merchandise to ogle over.
-Movies! Each Friday I’m projecting movies onto the blank wall facing ye olde shoppe. Usually of an aquatic or relating to Oceania variety. Pull up a chair!
-Shop hours are as erratic as ever. Yay! Friday nights are still the best possible time to stop in. Throughout the week if I’m at Workshop, the door is open and I welcome you to stop by——however I might be sewing and in worker-bee mode. If I’m working too hard remind me to have some fun!