Ah with tax times comes business structuring questions. Are all of my businesses one business, or all they are separate? Well. Here is what I decided. They are all one business, they just manifest themselves in many ways…. but how do I prove that to the fed?

I’m going to start, very slowly, to make a website…. a real website. Scary. I might use wordpress like I did for Craft Leftovers or I might actually just have a website website, non blog, but with a blog contained in it.

The way I’m thinking about it is that Kro Studio would be the main deal, what I make into my “business” name. Kro stands for “kristin roach originals” and is kind of a long standing name between my mom and I. I told her I would make a copy of this drawing I did and she said ‘that’s not good enough, I want a Kristin Roach Original’ and ever since then I’ve been signing my work kro with a little rectangle around it. That or Kristin M Roach type signature… anyway, so I like that name, it has a story and a history with me, I like that. I like stories. It’s pronounced Crow Studio. Since I was 15 I have wanted to open up a “kro studio and gallery” where I would have shows, teach classes, serve coffee…. I still really want that. And for me this will be the first step to realizing that long standing dream.

Then Craft Leftovers would be considered a kro studio project (which is what it is really anyway) and Green Prairie Fibers would be a product line that kro studio (me :)) produces.I’m not sure how this is all going to pan out, but I suppose it just will and I will see where I am when I get there 🙂

In other restructuring news, I’ve changed my ideas about my show. The content is the same, the work is pretty much the same, but since I have 2 weeks to get everything ready I have decided to change the method of work a bit. Also cost was an issue. Heck, I’m the craft leftovers woman, why should I treat my art like some kind of new material eating pet? I have a huge pile of wooden panels, crate lids, cabinet doors, lengths of wood, etc in my studio. Why spend a crap load of money of canvas and new wood? I’m really not sure. So I have decided to approach things a little differently. There will be no photography, I’m just not confident enough in my photography to show it in a gallery or anywhere else other than my blog, flickr, and as product shots. Maybe in a few years, but not yet. Instead I have disected my photos into parts and each part will be a panel and then the different panels will be clustered together to make up one image. They will be stand alone works when seen on their own. My goal is to make them equally interesting together and apart.

For me this makes more sense and it lends itself to quicker production (no building time, no 2 days of gessoing or only working a half hour before having to set it aside for the day so it can dry). Also, it lends itself better to my own aesthetic of using what I have on hand to discuss what is around me as well as important to me.

Here is a picture of the images I decided to use:
Photo Selection 1 

I scratched into them to figure out what the “parts” would be. And then I narrowed it down to something I could actually maybe get done:

So these nine images will be broken up into 25 separate panels of various sizes. It should be pretty neat. 

And here is a picture of Molly, who was watching me do all this sorting out and throwing pictures around. It’s blurry, but you get the idea:

She is actually pretty lean, but look at all that fur! She is seriously a foot wide!

And with that I’m going to get back to work on taxes and drawing and planning out clm for April, my birthday month!