Although I had truly written off getting a shop todays meeting has given me a little hope, Martin is very optimistic that we will be able to get this one because we no longer have to over come the issue of landlords not wanting to commit us using the space because they are holding out for a long-term tenant… but this short time means we have a lot of planing and work to do in a very short period of time…

However this time although we have started formulating the plan of action I’m gonna wait till we know for sure before I make more substantial proposal because the rest of the project where I have had to plan with many assumptions and guessed parameters just to keep all the whole thing moving in the right direction and then things completely change which has retrospectively made a large amount of my hard work a waste of time…. many budgets… many plans… many emails…

WE GET THIS SPACE AND I WILL BE SO HAPPY… I was to talking to the tutor Tom Chamberlin this evening and showing him some of the products and telling him about our plans and I remember how good it is what we are doing and thought about how amazing its gonna look when we have a shop full of these products… we talk about have some of the products weren’t printed perfectly all over so you could read it all but he said it won’t matter because you already get a sense of what they are about from each other and that they will become just part of a whole experience which is where most of the value or understanding of the piece will come. I also loved sharing with him these excellent design product all of your work, cos it is fucking good and funny and so engaging and tactile. He was asking how we were gonna price things and keep it in the capitalist system of exchange so I then handed him some money and his face light up with astonishment… he said immediately ‘this is good paper’ and told how Patrick had made drawn it and some of the ideas within… he was impressed. The best part was that after talking about the idea of the audience questioning what they could get with it and its value or the value of the products he said ‘that they might choose to keep the note instead’ and I loved that he said it cos he’s not one of us and he could see what i think that the great thing about Patrick’s notes they an seem to posses an intrinsic value because of the realness and because of the craft, skill beauty of the illustration.

I think Patrick we should print another 2 packs because its budgeted for and they are so good.

so let get this shop and make the ‘Shop’ we intend and enjoy all our hard work paying off finally!

hell yes!


3 Responses to “A little hope but tommorrow will be the Project 'Shop's day of reckoning”

  1. jackhoneysett says:

    doing this project you have been developing your planing and organizing skills, with lots of them being irrelevant do you think it will change how you plan in the future? it does seem like you could have not wasted all that time. is it the best channel for your anxieties?

  2. fred says:

    my anxieties are what give me the motivation and with out me thinking through things and wanting make choices and get things set in motion we wouldn’t be where we are…none of the project would happen cos the collective wouldn’t exist because although wanted to form it being positive change i think the idea only came to be very present in my mind cos of my constant questioning of the value of my work last year and the worry of going through the course making no definite difference to anyone around me….

    but the way I see it now is that as long as my worry pushes things in a forward motion then its worth it and as long as you lot don’t become more like me and that we are happy enough to work together then its positive.

    and now I know a lot more I wouldn’t make the same mistakes and also I am more aware of when i’m doing stuff because its essential to the project and when I’m doing cos its for me.