From the pecha kucha talk came this article, in the Gisborne Herald weekender supplement, 11/6/16. My phone has (not) been ringing red hot, but… the wizard’s word is out there! Glad we have got the place, so those who seek shall find… something! Yay! Some floor scrubbing, tidying and unpacking has begun. Electrickery to be switched on through the new fuseboard and cabling tomorrow, we hope! Then there’ll be no stopping us…
Thanks to Natasha who bravely interviewed me and managed to make something coherent of it (and who let me see it and tweak before publication). And the photographer – a nice young man who came, smiled, arranged doglets and wizards, and left. Of course, there were one or two minor factual corrections; mainly that of course the pictured playhut is not a true hobbit haven, as it isn’t curved and is very little… Here’s a concept picture of a hobbit haven just to set the record straight. I need to build one ASAP!:
Well it happened yesterday, Tuesday 07 06 16. The owner signed and we paid a month and got the key. Owner is a good guy, an electrician who is now fixing the old wiring as promised! Raewyn and I both have colds, so I said ‘Thag you very buch’ and left him to it. I copied one green one for me and a red for Raewyn. Lots to do now, on all levels! Cleaning, sourcing stuff, painting walls, signage, scrubbing floors, putting up display partitions, moving and setting up workshop and painting gear, planning, budgeting, celebrating, networking, enthusing, selling… thinking, meditating, praying! 🙂 A feeling of expansion and limitless possibilities – not something you get as often at 61 as at say 16! Not without overcoming a fair bit of fear and inertia… I wouldn’t go back, though, for the world!
All going well, we should have the KEY tomorrow and begin! I measured it all up and here is the Map of the Dreamspace with some of the ideas for the layout. I’ll make a Page and put the floorplans there as I do them.
It is exciting and scary to soon be responsible for such an area – and the rent thereof! Hitting the ground running I trust. The energy for it is there like a spirit springing within; I hope the body is up to it too! Mind over matter I trust…
The ‘Zen of Knowing What to Do’…. Back from North last night, recovered from a flu, still negotiating to be able to rent 61 Carnarvon (and survive financially!). The heart is sure enough, the bank manager/cash conscience on my shoulder whispers ‘No!’ (as did brother John). No clear winner as yet. But meanwhile two coats, my favourite pictured here, arrived in the post today, as the winter begins to bite. Thank you sister Penny! A great early birthday present – especially if I move into Carnarvon this winter… Is it a sign? 🙂
It seems the great deeds events and gestures of the heart and spirit fly in the face of circumstances, in the end – if they are true and come from a deep place. Still, we have to fight though a lot of superficial stuff to do them… Nietzsche in Daybreak said of inspired states and not-so-inspired:
‘So long as genius dwells within us we are full of audacity yea almost mad and heedless of health life and honour; we fly through the day as free and swift as an eagle and in the darkness we feel as confident as an owl. Yet let genius once leave us and we are instantly overcome by a feeling of the most profound despondency: we can no longer understand ourselves; we suffer from everything that we experience and do not experience; we feel as if we were in the midst of shelterless rocks with the tempest raging round us and we are at the same time like pitiful childish souls afraid of a rustle or a shadow. Three quarters of all the evil committed in the world is due to timidity; and this is above all a physiological process’. (thanks to www.lexido.com for the free texts of Nietzsche).
Size DOES matter – no space, no expansion of mind and matter. See how crowded the bedroom is now (even apart from the usual feline and canine breakfast beggars)! So i must do this for myself first, and no doubt there will be other cramped, huddled artists and craftspeople longing for a safe space to come out – dangerously, gloriously, and growingly!
The Pecha Kucha talk was fun!
I put it up on YouTube for your entertainment I hope 🙂 It’s the short story of how I got to the point of setting up the ‘Eutopian’ Dreamspace project here in Gisborne. Enjoy, share, and join the project in Gisborne here or online by following this blog. This week we try to close a deal to rent lease or buy 61 Carnarvon St. Due diligence goes on… can’t wait to get into the actual creating!
On Friday the 13th – this Friday – at 8 pm a ‘Pecha Kucha’ (see http://www.pechakucha.org/ ) is happening at the Gisborne Dome, and I’m giving one of the slideshow talks! I’ve got the photos and the title I think will be SAILING TO EUTOPIA – Dreamspaces built and imagined. I’ll put the slideshow up on this blog but do come along if you happen to be anywhere near Gisborne – if I don’t inspire you someone else is sure to!
This is the inside of the Carnarvon Dreamspace gallery as I imagined or at least painted it – not finished, and the property may not be THE one, but…
Painting as a way of manifesting… There’s a lot of nice glitter in this work which doesn’t show in a photo. It represents the magic, subtle energies of masculine and feminine which must balance and intertwine like DNA to create a good place, a Eutopia, an Athanor ‘bubble’ within which creativity and metamorphosis are set free…
This is the website for Dreamspace Gallery and Workshops, Gisborne, New Zealand, about to begin when the right space is acquired – in negotiation now. If the right price and terms are agreed, we will go ahead, providing a place of art, inspiration, encouragement and learning. The place could look like this (30/4/16: I’ve updated it with the web address):