Since I last wrote I have moved from Canada to England. This involved convincing husband this was the right thing to do, selling our house in British Columbia, having the essentials shipped to the UK (my jewellery making tools and our bicycles), putting the rest of our stuff in storage, finding a house to rent in Kent, then finding a studio to rent, then after a year finding a house to buy and buying more stuff to go in it. Totally exhausting and stressful. But here we are now in a small brick cottage in an idyllic English village, and my husband loves it.
Moving my jewellery business has been difficult, almost but not quite like starting from scratch again. I had to find studio space which took four months and then unpack the tools I had brought over. I realised that the two pieces of equipment that I thought were too heavy or might not work over here - namely rolling mill and torch regulators and hoses - were the two that I really missed. Still there is always a way around - renting bench space on a day basis when I need to use a rolling mill, and for a torch - a cheap basic plumbers torch that was a stop gap but is still in use.
As for customers, I need to work on this area. I still ship work back to Canada to my favourite store that sells it so well and I sell online on Etsy which is worldwide anyway so no change there really. I now sell on another online store based in the UKand I have ventured back into the art fair game. All in all it has been a good thing and I am happy to be here right now but international moving is not for the faint of heart. Having said that I have just booked a flight to Canada, just a holiday for three weeks to catch up with all my dear friends, do a little skiing and to rummage through our storage locker and look longingly at my old rolling mill.