a tiny peek at the progress of machinemachine’s workshop construction. what’s next is painting the loft’s floor (mustard yellow?), installing lights, building racks, handpaint exterior and interior signage, acquire plants/palms, set-up furniture, haul in machines+fabric, build inventory, find new artists, put on the music, make some coffee, dance dance dance, and have a party.
opening this workshop is a big change for me. I’ll have to put on real clothing everyday (no more frumpy PJ’s all day long), I’ll have to conform to regular working hours (no more 3pm-2am sporadic work days), I’ll have to talk to people (no more talking to myself), I’ll have to stay firmly planted on the island for at least a year (no more lengthy trips).
it’ll be hard, tough, trying work. yet absolutely worth it. for me, opening a shop has meaning and purpose far beyond profit, in fact to be perfectly honest, profit is the least motivating factor. the riches i seek are increasingly intangible. here are a few of my strong desires::
-to integrate machinemachine with the larger creative community!
-to bring something fresh+exciting to the kauai shopping experience!
-to showcase+nurture neglected/unseen artists’ visions!
-to have a social life and interact with other humans daily!
-to create organization and better manage my company (i.e. create a healthy boundary between myself and work)!
-to offer new products!
-to host workshops and be a resource!
-to inspire via internships, exhibitions, and residencies!
-to meet my customers face-to-face!
-to enable custom design work!
-to stay challenged, never stagnate, keep pushing, and to do things just for the smell of it!