I recently attended the New Castle Riverwalk Arts Festival, my first outdoor show. And I had a wonderful day! I met tons of people and sold a lot of my work. Everyone was so kind and complimentary. The weather cooperated with sunshine all day. Aside from a couple of heavy wind gusts that left us scrambling to put up side walls on my booth, everything went smoothly. My husband was with me and was completely invaluable when it came to helping me set up and tear down. He brought me food and even stood in my place to give me a break, making his own sales in the process.
Being my first show, we learned a lot. In the future we need to make sure that my easel pendant and necklace displays are secured to the table…like duct tape. Twice when the wind came through, everything standing went “ker-flop” sending my work sailing across the tables! We recovered quickly. Without my husband I would have been helpless trying to re-establish my displays and put up sidewalls at the same time.
It was a nice, park-like atmosphere with bands all day and food and about 40+ artists and artisans. I got a chance to (stand all day) explain my work, the technique of tatting and talk about what inspires me. Many people just wanted to try on the various Gala necklaces and the Couture jewelry. I loved being able to see how the designs looked and fit on other people. I sold about a third of the work I took with me and also got several custom orders for tatted jewelry. I was able to hand out brochures with my profile and the technique and history of tatting. I truly hope everyone walked away with a new experience and appreciation for fiber art.
Overall, it was a fun and successful day. It was also an amazing amount of hard work. The next day my feet and legs just burned! I have a new appreciation for people who do these shows regularly. Presentation is as important to me as the quality of my work. I spend an amazing amount of time creating things and feel they deserve to be displayed in the most formal and beautiful manner. I will do more shows in the future but will need time in between to replenish my work. I sold over 50 pieces of work. Now I have everything I need to be able to do an outside show, from the canopy to the red table cloths and leather displays.
I am back home and trying to pack everything back up so it is ready to go on short notice. Boxes are packed and labeled and my work is stored again so it can be shipped for Etsy sales.
My Etsy shop was on vacation for several days while I prepared and attended the Festival. I was kind of off the grid there for a few days as I recouped. But now Snappy Tatter is back online. The June coupon is out. 20% off everything all month long! My Blog subscriber’s have this coupon code emailed to them at the beginning of each month. Subscribe at the left and enjoy a constant discount in my online shop! (click here)Snappy Tatter on Etsy
Aside from custom orders I am catching up on my bookkeeping and household duties, weeding, paying bills…and soon I will be listing new work that I am in the process of photographing and writing Etsy listings for. I am back in http://www.-land so I will be keeping up with the Blog, Facebook and Etsy.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!