preparation is essential

It seems like preparation is sometimes the biggest part of getting something done.   This week my desk went through what was akin to an archeological dig(out).

invoices/orders from last year

invoices/orders from last year

Due to a printer breakdown, its replacement inspired a whole clean out of the “office” area.  Since the sales tax returns have to be filed by the end of the month  this was a good thing.  I had been avoiding it.  But it did get me wondering about printing a copy of each order to include in your box when I send it.  Since we all get an email or have access to our own online purchase activity I am no longer going to include this with each shipment.  I think the planet will thank me for “going paperless” .  Woohoo…50% less printing just like that!

Moving on, I cleaned every nook and cranny- every slip of paper- no drawer escaped my wrath!

sensitive information..

sensitive information..

-and in the process I unearthed a few things- fun things!  like some old family photos-

(and i do mean old!) greats and great-greats

(and i do mean old!) greats and great-greats

And although it wasn’t “lost”, it had been shelved-a gift from an old friend so very long ago.  A bound set of an old Japanese publication from 1925 called “The Graphic”  or “The International Graphic” published by Kokusai Johosha.  At some point while Ricard is here we will sit down and look this over.

bound set-Feb. 1925-Dec. 1925. Vol 1 Nos. 1-11

bound set-Feb. 1925-Dec. 1925. Vol 1 Nos. 1-11

Inside there are may colorized photos of western women, geisha, politics, foreign culture as well as ukiyo-e prints and a couple fold outs.  My guess is that these are not woodblock but early litho reproductions.  Still very beautiful-and suitable for framing if one wished.  Here is one I thought you might find interesting-

artisans making katazome fabrics

artisans making katazome fabrics

And in the end, the desk was cleaned (and I feel so much better!) So the rest of the evening was spent working on tour business. I am getting excited for everyone!

waku waku suru!

waku waku suru!

Richard arrives tonight and we will be in the studio for a few days before next weekend’s workshop.

わくわくする!

8 thoughts on “preparation is essential

  1. fynearts

    hello …. just a tiny note to let you know i read you all the time … i love your thinking, the outcomes, products and the musing. daily. i had not heard of a man before … ENJOY ! … its wonderful to share things. warmest wishes for a fabulous 2013 >>> Gina

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  2. Susan e Hemann

    I so agree with you on preparation. thing is my studio is a disaster right now If I went through my drawers I’m sure I would find great discoveries. The thought of doing so keeps me stuck. Hopefully soon I will be motivated to clean the place. .

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  3. yarngoddess

    I love the lithograph of the katazome workshop. I just finished a workshop with John Marshall and I would very much like to keep a copy of that with my notes. Do you mind if I take a screen shot of it and save it on my disk?
    Diane

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