Sometimes I have to remind myself that I have to do my own thing and not conform to whatever aesthetic, style, or theme is the prevalent one - to just keep doing my thing, translating my vision, playing with color, and creating something that will hopefully speak to someone. Sometimes that is easier said than done. It's hard to keep my focus and not feel bad about the fact that I don't want to make doughnuts with happy faces on them despite the tastemakers' adoration of this subject (and yes, there are some fantastic softie-makers who make some super-cute smiley-faced pastry-treats, but the subject is just not for me). It's not always easy to say, "Hey, this is what I am going to do, even though it's not what everyone else is doing nor is it necessarily the stuff that lands you in books and exhibitions because the cruel truth is that it just doesn't appeal to everyone." It's tricky to try and make something that will appeal to others but still maintain your identity and develop your own style. Anyway, it is especially wonderful when someones gets it, appreciates it, or just tells you they like what you're doing. This little piece made my morning. Thank you Elisa for the kind and thoughtful little article.
By the way, you know when I said the other day that I would update the shop by the end of the week and shot for Thursday? Well, it looks like I overestimated my abilities. I am hoping I will be able to update tomorrow, as I am still stuffing and seaming bugs and attaching wings and antennae. You'd think I'd be able to bang these out, but there are 14 of them altogether - it's A LOT of parts to stuff, and stuffing is the most time-consuming and labor-intensive part of all this. I swear I wish I had some sort of magic stuffing apparatus because it takes me forever (not to mention the strain it puts on my left elbow for some reason). I should be done with it all - the mini-manti and the photography - by tomorrow. If you are on the soto softies email list, you will receive notification of the update as soon as it happens. Thanks everyone for stopping by!