True! Theo and I made a huge life move as many of you have read.

Our transition began over a year ago when we escaped to Tasmania to figure out how to manage life with chronic pain.

It was the best thing we did even though terrifying at the time.

In just over a year, we have spent four months in Tasmania, returned to our dear Collingwood, sold our warehouse sanctuary, removed ourselves from our main business (as it was impossible for me to do the previous design work), planned a new lifestyle, and began a new venture with the utmost faith and backing of some very dear arty friends and some special few design clients.

Again, terrifying.

I also underwent some new treatment and am now 4 weeks post op. I’m well and working.

It hurts, but mostly it’s great. It’s new and I’m loving the fact my brain has no idea what I’m doing and hasn’t had the time to catch on.

I hope my brain stays this way.

But the real reason I’m writing this post is because I want to share my gallery rules. Actually, there’s only one rule…

There will be no pain speak (effective at all times).

And if anyone breaks the rules, be prepared, I’ll be kicking you out.

I can’t think of anything worse than talking about pain at the best (or should I say worst) of times let alone after having changed my whole life in order to move on.

This is the best I (we) can do, and have done, to manage, and I want to keep doing my best. That means, pain talk is completely out of bounds – well that’s how I manage chronic pain – by giving it much less attention than it demands.

Please, allow me to get on with it.

The gallery we made is, Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop (QG&W), and is housed in an 1868 Wesleyan Church which Theo and I thought was fitting for the traditional discipline we mostly chose to exhibit, printmaking.

We will also have artists running small art and printmaking workshops in our two additional workshop spaces.

On with living then… see you in the gallery for some art speak!QG&W Art workshop space

Qgw print studio

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