Day 7 of The 2016 Adelaide Fringe. Exhausted. Sick. Relieved. Relaxed.
'The last 3 days leading up to The Fringe Opening on Friday were just hectic.
Finishing the final piece of artwork and posters with only 30 minutes to make it to the printers before they closed on Thursday to have it ready by Friday. Handing out over 500 flyers on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Spending Saturday night at The Opening Parade and popping into The Royal Croquet Club for the first time. Sunday night having the opening of my exhibition, being home by 9.30pm to sleep early and wake up feeling exhausted on Monday morning.
I decided to have a few days off from doing anything at all work or fringe related. I decided I wouldn't start any new artwork for a month, at least until the Fringe was over.
By Wednesday I realised th exhaustion had got the better of me and I had come down sick. Probably a lot of Artists experience this first week of Festivals.
Although I hadn't started any new Artwork, definately by the Tuesday I was already planning in my head haha. I'm a workaholic. I have many ideas I can't keep in my head, I have to get them onto paper and plan.
Now I feel my head is ready to get back into it and catch up on the small things that need attending too.
Business cards, sold artwork etc..
The sad thing about being a participating artist in a Festival means I've put all my money into the Exhibition and have none to enjoy a show myself. It's a good thing Fringe offers free shows to Artists.
I also discovered Comic World in The Citi Centre Plaza offers 20% discount to Fringe Artists when buying my Walking Dead T Shirt. Yes, thats right, The Walking Dead.
I love how much the Fringe offers participating artists. No line ups at The Garden or Croquet Club, no paying entrance fees, discounts at dozens of cafes, shops across Adelaide, cheap massage for artists in the Artists Tent, discount on food and drinks at The Fringe Club, free fringe shows, loads of information sessions on overseas and interstate festivals. It's endless, Fringe isn't just loads of fun, it's a life changing experience and to not be a part of it would be distressing.
My third year at the festival has been my favourite so far.