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Real Artists Ship

Posted by Dave Bull at 1:25 AM, April 26, 2010

So a few days ago we saw a photo of a few dozen boxes being readied for the Japan-based collectors, today it was the turn of the overseas people!

It took me most of the weekend to get these ready. The packages are pretty much the same as those for shipping within Japan, but with the addition of some corner reinforcements inside the box.

Where are they going? Most of them to the US - 47. Then 6 to the UK, 5 to Canada, 2 each to Holland and France, and one each to Australia, Spain and Belgium.

At the end of the previous post a couple of days ago I mentioned that it was going to be difficult to scrape the money together to pay the postage for these, but that situation has resolved. A couple of people made payment for some overdue invoices, somebody paid in advance for the next few prints, and one of the most supportive collectors in the US ordered a couple of other print sets, all helping to put things on the level for this month.

It feels so good to get these finally shipped. For most of this year so far, I have been neglecting the main tenet of anybody who makes a living by making things - if you don't ship, you're dead. That final print in the My Solitudes series was delayed more than a month through the combined tardiness of both myself and Ichikawa-san (the lady who did the book production for that series), and then of course getting the new series up and running took somewhat more time than I had anticipated, what with all the various issues that came up along the way.

So with a nearly three-month gap with nothing going out the door, of course things have become tight. But now that prints are finally moving, the next few months should be a time of gradually chewing through the thick stack of unpaid bills, and getting back to normal (whatever 'normal' is).

I'm still under very severe time pressure, and will be for a while yet. I have to print the second batch of this pair, which will take around a week, and immediately following that I have to select, carve, and print the second pair (#3 #4). That has to be done immediately because our family is having its annual get-together in June this year (the date being determined by my parents' 60th anniversary), and that pair of prints has to be 'ready to go' before I leave on the 4th of June.

The spring newsletter should be out 'now', but I have yet to even begin to write it. I also have to write and record the May (and June!) stories for 'A Story A Week', and then I have to work out the display setup for a 'design' show I will be taking part in over the weekend of May 15~16th (more about that soon ...)

And there is a constant parade of other distractions. A video crew was here this afternoon (postponed from yesterday) to do some filming for a 'pilot' for a Canadian documentary maker who is preparing a project about Canadians living overseas, there are dozens of unanswered emails stacked up in my Inbox, and I can no longer find my vacuum cleaner, as it seems to have disappeared under the dust mountains ...

Actually, it's all great fun. If there were a 'boss' here, holding a great whip and forcing me to do all this stuff, life would be pretty unpleasant. But you know, work is only 'work' if you would rather be doing something else ...


Following comment posted by: Jacques on May 7, 2010 6:28 AM

The box and first print of your Mystique series arrived at my home address today. Great box and print, thank you!

Following comment posted by: Dave on May 7, 2010 7:46 PM

Thanks for letting me know! Can we get a pic sometime?

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