highs and lows of 2020

high ups and low downs of 2020 – a Wintery start

My 2020 began with a manic few months, there were some amazing ups, but also downs too!
A new year always begins with hope, dreams, and aspirations for the future and what can be achieved during the year. 

One of my goals was to sell my work in some new venues in 2020, in 2019 I got the ball rolling by booking an exhibition – a year ahead – for Autumn 2020 and also applied to be part of a new local venture on my doorstep. In January, I got some super news, happily, I’d been accepted to join ‘Barrica in the Park’ in Chorley, and would be displaying my work there from when it opened to the public on the 1st of February.

Barrica in the Park in a 17th century farmhouse
Barrica in the Park is in this  gorgeous 17th Century farmhouse

Also, more fantastic news, I learned that my Anglo-Saxon theme jewellery making Masterclasses at the British Library would be going ahead. So lots of last-minute work ordering/organising materials, booking a hotel and train tickets, and doing extra research and designs for it.  

On a downside, I came down with pretty bad food poisoning and a cold, thankfully I was well enough in time for my teaching down in London.

But more was to come, during February England was hit with some devastating storms, bringing many floods in their wake. Trains were cancelled and I got stuck in London for an extra night. I also learned that my studio-workshop had been badly flooded… once I was home and the storm and the floodwaters had subsided, I headed over there to find it was a complete mess. Argh! 

The next few weeks were quite a slog, trying to salvage what I could from the damp, cold, and foul-smelling studio. I could only cope with a being there for a few hours each day, impaired by the numbness that affects my hands – it only allows me to do short bursts of work – trying to wash and clean the smelly grime of the floodwater off the stuff in my studio. The mouldy damp conditions and breathing in the stank air of my flooded studio were making me ill, I decided it would be better to sort through my stuff at a slower pace, from the warmth and comfort of my home and that I needed to move out.   

It was then March and I was kept busy with sorting and kitting out a new cabinet and display of my work in Barrica in the Park, then our lock-down began…

I will be sharing more about these highs and lows in my next blog posts, come with me on my adventures…wishing you sparkles of light!

Thanks for joining me on my creative journey,
Sam Rowena, jewellery artist x

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