I received a fun custom order from the Wall Tent Button Co recently, and put together a behind the scenes video giving a glimpse into the assembly process - and the tricks of the trade to retain mobility in my frozen fingers.
I'm planning to pack up the wall tent soon and consolidate everything in the bus for the winter, as it will be so much easier to survive and work there. And I'll have glass windows to look out at the snow! Definitely something I missed living in the tent last year. However, I'm struggling a bit, both with figuring out how to make the move actually work, and the emotional finality of packing up the studio. It's been set up since June of '11, my safe haven and refuge and home. In it, I've battled the fierce winters twice and won. I've knelt under that canvas roof during some of the darkest hours of my life, learning lessons I couldn't trade now for the world. I've woven hopes and dreams, friends and loneliness and tears and laughter into it's very fabric. I can't imagine an empty space in the woods where it always sat.
But the beautiful thing is that our safe havens let us learn the lessons needed, let us gather the strength and courage to move on into the unknown. They prepare and harbor us for the adventures to come.
And besides, the Wall Tent won't be packed up for long. It will always be a tremendous part of who I am, and we'll never be far apart.
Anyway, I haven't set up Judy this year because of the imminent move, and it's COLD! The heater is my friend. The end.
Enjoy the process! Also, check out a bit more soul, the amazing NZ photography retreat where these name badges are headed. The blogs you'll find there (a few longtime favorite reads of mine!), have some stunning. work. I thought that was pretty fabulous.