Yesterday I set off a chain of events that will end up with my business no longer having a bricks and mortar base. So why such a decision 2/3 of the way through a tenancy that is being successful in terms of my sales?
For those of you that follow my blog and read many of my posts you will be well aware that the business link between myself and my cotenant has not been harmonious for a long time. I have made the positive decision that my health mentally is best served by not being in the same business circumstances so I am breaking my part of the tenancy. I will pay for a year without using the space but it doesn’t work and has caused too much distress to me and my marriage, which after 28 years is far too precious to me.
Looking forwards I hope to find another small premises that I can take on as the sole sole trader and have my own shop / studio. This may come off this year, it may take longer but it will be my business alone and that is what I need.
AndyKnillArt will continue, I hope I will still feel the urge to contribute to my wider community. The outfits, the art for fun, the accessible art at affordable prices will continue because these are why my art started and he reasons it will continue. In the last month I have face the possibility that my work in developing as an artist and having my own business might need to fold, but that was because of the soured link with another business, not because of whatI want for myself.
So I will be at The Courtyard Studio for another 3 months until 01/11/2021. After that I may be somewhere else or I may be home based and seek opportunities to exhibit and sell my work elsewhere, the key thing is I will be happy in my own skin once more because I will be doing what I want.
Thanks to those of you who read my posts, to those who visit the shop, who chat with me, who buy my work. You make this adventure a positive one. To the people who have turned against me, that is your choice, we won’t talk much if at all. I hope that your life can be complete too, and you won’t have to deal with me, that’s fair.
So into a brave new world again, a new chapter to my story as an artist after my story as a teacher. I hope there will be many more posts to come.
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