Queen City Craft Show
So. Much. Talent. In one place. Oh my word.
This was a blast - I really had fun networking and doing art trades.
This was also, yet again, the biggest and best display I think I've ever pulled off. I unveiled a whole new series of framed papercuts of animals that were a huge hit, plus my usual book safes, roses, buttons, etc.
November 11th and 12th
My third consecutive year at the Hip Handmade Market!
This ended up being an unusual show for me. I had a LOT of fun, and met a lot of new artists, took all the advantage of art trades to stock up on Christmas presents. I was also more proud of my products and my display than I ever have been before - I was absolutely killing it.
The numbers didn't pan out in the end, though.
I don't know enough about socioeconomics to figure it out, but the whole experience made me take a step back to reevaluate craft shows.
October 7th, 8th and 9th
G.A.M.E. was insanely fun! Honestly, I may have enjoyed my time at this show more than anything else so far. I think I have found my people.
I got to work on my art the entire time! My table space was big enough, and the weekend was relaxed enough, that I was actually able to work on real-time requests - people would ask if I had a particular design, and if I didn't, or if I had sold out, I was able to have something ready for them within the hour! I also solo manned my booth the whole time!
I shared a 10' x 10' booth with FindingsOfALife for the Pittsburg Makers Market, the first show of my 2016 fall season lineup. This was also my first outdoor event, not including Third Thursdays.
It was a new experience to share a booth space with another artist - I learned a lot! I appreciated the help with wrangling our canopy.
In preparation for this show, we collaborated on 10 unique mixed-media pieces which combined her textile work with my paper work.
April 22nd & 23rd
My second time at the Hip Handmade Market! I was surprised, and delighted, to be accepted a second show in a row!
It was very clear how many improvements I'd made between shows: more variety, more things made for the fun of it, more exposure, less anxiety. I had so much fun, and felt so much more confident in myself and in my work.
I feel so much more established now.
February 1st through 29th
I spent 3 months preparing for HHM, but this Small Business Saturday event sprung up rather suddenly! Thankfully, I was already a craft show veteran by then, and handled it with ease.
Very fun and relaxed event, I met lots of new people and actually got to spend some time making art on-site! This was also the debut of my hand-cut pizza earrings, which was very exciting. Also, more art trades!
November 13th & 14th
Somehow I was chosen for The Fall Hip Handmade Market!
This was my first real craft show, and I was so nervous and excited; I'd never been around so many other vendors before, or had so much variety in my own wares. I was very pleased with my new booth design.
It was wonderful to hear so many encouraging comments about my art, but my very favorite part of the weekend was probably getting to talk with the other vendors and trade art with them!
My next Third Thursday experience placed me in a dark little gallery attached to the Infuжn Водка Bar.
I had my bookcase as usual, a little array of Papercuts on the wall, and a small multitude of bookmarks and other little laminated things.
May 1st through May 31st
April 16th through May 15th
I was approached by RSVPaint of Joplin to display my artwork in their gallery at the following Third Thursday.
My very first time attending our monthly Third Thursday Art Walk as a vendor resulted in the Joplin Globe stopping by to snap this shot for the following day's paper. This art walk ended up being particularly windy and we ended up getting rained out right at the very end, but it was exhilarating having so many people stop by and ask questions. My booth was simply a bookcase standing on the curb.