So, I made these books last month, see?
Back when the wisteria was in full bloom here in Bodrum.
Here we call it “Mor Salkım” – in other words, “Hanging Purple”.
Boy, it was just hanging all over – I even followed Fadime’s advice and made some Wisteria Jam –
believe it, or not.
I just collected a bunch from my friend’s wisteria vine – which I sat in front of all day drawing,
back on one of the first nice days of spring/summer.
And I had such a good time making these little notebooks (fronts, backs, and in-betweens),
I thought I’d make some more.
So I went down to the seaside to draw.
That was back just before ‘the season’ started.
That is the most deceptive time of year.
So many of us out there, artists, trying to figure out ‘what to make to sell to the tourists.’Frankly, I make some pretty nice stuff. But as any successful salesperson will tell you,
‘A good product is not enough.’
And as I could tell you, (and often have, probably), I lack the ‘salesman gene’. (I mean, check out
my Etsy Shop; no, wait: I haven’t gotten around to maintaining that since… wait, I’m thinking, since…)
Well, I guess I was just having such a good time making these little books, and I thought they were
that I just ‘plum forgot’ that I’d likely never be able to sell them – or at least not at a price that
would make it worth my while to sit down and make ’em as ‘business’. Fun is fun, and making a dozen or so
little notebooks for no money is fun; but making like a hundred or so? No Fun.
So, now, I’ve got these little notebooks, see?
And I’ been thinkin’, I ain’t gonna make any more of them, see?
So – should I give them away as presents? (Could do…)
Or should they get themselves turned into an installation, somehow? (Could do…)
If I sent ya a notebook, would you write in it? (Maybe…)
Maybe even send it back to me so I could read it? (Maybe…)