So that happened.

Honey&Ollie Designs will be closing permanently, at the end of September 2016.

 

This was, in some ways, a really hard call to make. At the same time, when I got clear that this was the right step, it was a really easy call to make.

It’s hard to split your attention. You can’t really serve two masters. And some things deserve 100%.

I am choosing to focus – really focus – on my doula certifications and business. I have 3 certifications to finish by March, and a practice in a new city that needs my time and energy. I can’t have the kind of focus I need if I’m also running H&O – not with all the ‘back end’ that a business entails. Throw in production, design work, and shows, this is not a place where the power of “and” is going to serve me well.

Trying to do two things at once, in this case, means that neither is getting done well.

I’ve forgotten what making art for arts sake feels like. I’ve totally lost the joy of creating. Sitting down at the bench feels like drowning. I pick up a brush and nothing is there. Having the opportunity to create art – for myself – without the pressure to somehow create legitimacy by monetizing it or feeling pressured to turn it into “content” and stick it up for consumption, (though I do hope to share my process and results on this blog as it moves me), is something I want to explore.

I want making art to be a pleasure again.

The online shop will be open through the end of September. I’ll be putting up the last little bits of inventory between now and then and it will close for good, on October 1st.

It’s been a wild almost 7 years. I’ve had some amazing times and I’m so grateful for the support from you, my friends, customers and readers. Starting out, doing Crafted, moving to the Faire circuit, it’s been incredible, growthful, fun, at times painful and exhausting. I have no idea if I’ll come back to any of this. But I do know that the next stage is calling, and I can’t step into it fully with one foot in the new and one foot in the old.

Thank you for all your support over the years. I could not have had that wild ride without you.

Also, I hope you stick around. I’ll be maintaining this blog, but as a place to talk about art and fiber and process, not to talk about art I want you to buy.

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About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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One Response to So that happened.

  1. I’m proud of you. This decision is always a tough one, and it’s sometimes hard to remove the sense of “I failed” from “I’m making a decision that fits my life better than what I’m doing now” – which is actually bold success. There’s always some mourning and disappointment, but it looks like you’re handling it incredibly well.

    I’ve been working to make art a pleasure again too – let’s set up some group critique dates, now that you’re back!!

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