After more than four years of sharing amazing art, meeting fantastic people and working on something I always wanted to do I have some sad news: Bleaq is taking a break. Does that mean it’s the end? I don’t know yet!
What most of you probably don’t know is that Bleaq is run by just one person: Hi! I’m Jantine, a designer from the Netherland, nice to meet you :) I’m not working in the art business or as a curator, I started Bleaq purely out of my love for art. The small blog I started four years ago has turned into something much bigger over the years, something that makes me really proud. I learned a lot about how to run a blog, and found out that there actually are people out there that share my slightly morbid taste in art. ;)
Yet with the growth (and my goals to create an awesome, inspiring online art gallery) the to-do list for me every week grew and grew. It’s not only curating and writing the features, it’s a lot of email communication and planning, keeping up on social media, creating a fun newsletter and making sure everything runs smoothly when I’m at work at my dayjob and can’t check the site. Over the last two years I’ve been putting almost all my spare time in the website, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for something else I love to do: creating.
So that’s why I’m now taking a hiatus. This is a decision that wasn’t easy to make, I thought about it for months! Although I have mixed feelings about this – I haven’t fallen out of love with art – I do look forward to the times to come: exploring new possibilities and being able to start creating again.
So is this a goodbye? I hope not! I’ll still be writing guest features for Beautiful Bizarre and am definitely not abandoning my Pinterest! If you like to keep in touch with me as well come and say “Hi” on Instagram or Twitter.
Thank you all for joining me these last four years! I’m so happy that I got to meet so many lovely creative people, artists and readers, both online and in real life. I hope you’re all doing well, and hope we’ll meet again someday!