When life gives you lemons you:
a. throw them back at the jerk
b. groan at the cliché
c. make yourself a gin and tonic
d. think to yourself, "dang, someone just gave me all these free lemons! I know what I'll do that's a tonne of extra work!" You grab a few boards, a hammer and nails, buy some jugs, a juicer, haul your butt out to the sidewalk, get a city permit, build yourself a lemonade stand, make a facebook page, invite all your friends, and finally, you make some friggin lemonade and sell it for 25 cents a glass. Or whatever the going rate is for sidewalk lemonade now that it's 2017.
I'm pretty sure most well adjusted humans would choose a, b, or c. Like why go through all that hassle of hitting your thumb with the hammer and squirting yourself in the eyeball with the lemon juice.
Um, that stuff stings.
Thing is though, a few months ago I found myself staring at a big pile of lemons.
My previous studio made an executive decision to get rid of all the screenprinting equipment and turn the space into a painting and street art studio. I love painting and everything, but silkscreen printing is a huge part of my art practise and was my whole reason for being a member there.
As you can imagine, this move left me and a few other studiomates in a dilemma.
I could either:
a. allow the equipment to be thrown out on the street and walk away
b. whine and complain
c. sell the equipment
d. think to myself " dang, someone just gave me all this free screenprinting equipment! I know what I can do that's a tonne of extra work!" I got some plywood, gathered up my tools plus rented and borrowed some, got a city permit, found a commercial space, painted it, plumbed it, set up all the screenprinting equipment, made a facebook page.. and now I'm inviting all my friends to my new studio boutique opening July 20!
I would be quite delighted if you could attend!
Of course, I'll be serving free lemonade, from a giant mountain of lemons. Duh.
Name of boutique: mezari & co
Where: 365 Duluth Est, Montreal QC H2W 1J3
When: July 20-23
What: A pop up event featuring Montreal artists and designers, with an emphasis on pieces that show process.
Featured artists and designers:
mezari by Stephanie E.M. Coleman ( but of course!)
Mayamorphosis by Maya Cardin
Amulette by Annie Legault
Coton Mouton by Aude Le Dubé
Black Suede Jewelry
So tell me. What would you do? A, B, or C? I have a feeling most people are gonna go for C. Gin and tonic for the win.
If you've ever been in a situation where you chose D, why not leave a comment below? I sure would like to hear it, would make me feel like less of a crazed maniac for a moment! Who chooses the more extra work option??? who????
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Whatever you do, or don't do, I do hope you have a most excellent Thursday!