It's Sunday afternoon in Samoa and work across the nation is on hold. Even us. Sort of.
Roads are noisy with families in convoys doing the Pre-Christmas visiting rounds.
We moved into our new art studio on the main road in the village of Vaigaga 6 long days ago.
In the last 5 days we have moved house, repainted the inside of an old restaurant to look like an art gallery, set a decent for now carving workshop on the verandah of our home, set up the painting studio fit for eight artists, a temporary reception area, and the brand new tattoo studio.
We were operational and working in full flight after three days ð¤¤
Sorry to my inboxes for neglecting you. Sorry to anyone waiting on a reply. I'll catch up in the next couple of days.
I cannot even put into words how physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding it was on all of us.
#loveofmylife Lalovai and I led the charge mercilessly and we are brutal on ourselves when we have deadlines.
The boys were absolute soldiers and champions. They gave everything ð¤
There are no limits when we are blessed with a crew like this.
Our dog Frida has been a total pain in the ass lol like an unsettled and demanding toddler. Lucky she's cute... Special kiss for my husband for leading us with strength and patience. #king ð
Back to the photo.
This however... is my office.
It connects to Lalovai's office internally but I'm not sure if I should show his.
I can't find anything hereð¤£
Please note the makeshift daybed for two tired Samoan artists when you need to take 5ð¤or Lalovai and I need a private argument or a fast cry ð¤£
A purple lavalava on rubber #elei printing mats ð hilariously #tragic
Boxes of books and precious artifacts, fav art I drag around wherever I live... photos of my loves in Oz, a framed poster chart of Samoan fish that was here when we moved in, empty coke bottles aka ashtrays.
But I love it. So so much.
After Christmas in Oz with my boys I'll start working on my creative oasis secret garden â¤
I finally have #aroomofonesown ð£
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