The Art Show.
Doing an art or craft show you never know how they will turn out.
Will you have everything ready for the show?
Will people be drawn to your look at your art or even buy it ?
It’s always an mystery to me how these events will turn out.
Then someone asked me, what am I looking to get of this show.
Really, why do you do these shows?
What would make a great show for you ?
I recently did the Hand of Man Art and Craft show in Peterborough this last weekend. I though to myself ,why did I do this show? What to me was success?
First I though it was all about the money, the more money you made the more successful you were. Yes, money is important because that is how you exist in this world. Let’s not fool ourselves, I am not a bohemian or like or want to have the label of begin a starving artist. I am happy to make just enough money to support my passion. The element of success, were people and the inspiration they gave me.
It occur to me that I was ecstatic when my work could inspire a conversation. A conversation not about me but about the experience of the person. How their lives related to a piece of work I created. How a visual image can create a connection between two total strangers. To me as an artist if I can relate to a person with my art I have done what I set out to do. Connecting is important to me. I have chosen to be an artist because my language is visual, that is how I communicate. When a person understands that expression or if I can create an emotion, I feel connected. Art galley are most the quieted places in the world, but the conversation, the communication between the viewer and the art is very loud ,that has always intrigue and inspired me me.
I spend my life as an observer and imaginer. I watch what around me and translate that into a visual expression. To me the purpose of art is to connect with the human experience, the imagination or to make the human experience think about itself , and if I can do that at a show I have begin very successful. I must say that people truly inspire me. People are planets in the universe, each one unique and new.
I heard many impassioned stories this weekend. To me it is an honor to share in their stories and experiences. This is why I do shows.
The Art of Delegation.
I was reflecting on where my business has taken me in the last year. I realize, that there is just not enough hours in a day, or minutes or seconds for that matter to get all things done. I though about all the things I have yet to do. Most importantly, not to ignore certain aspects of the business. There are some aspects I need help with like organizing and delegating.
As an artist my forte is most certainly not organizing and delegating. To me it is too methodical. I spend most of my day living in a day dream thinking of thoughts to transpose as images. I am mostly concerned with line,colour and what medium will suit the idea best. Being inspired by the world and the very basic things around me. I spent most of my life living in the moment. Dreaming is what I do best, and that is not necessarily a good quality in business planning to some extent. I spend a lot of time with myself learning to be self-sufficient. (of course with the exception, of the help from my husband and parents.)
“What is delegating?” I ask myself, like I often do. I looked up the the meaning on the internet. Here I go climbing up Mount Google looking for the Guru, living in some remote website ,to whom I may ask the provoking questions about life. The definition I got was
|“Send or authorize (someone) to do something as a representative “|
Delegate ? I rarely ever use that word delegate in my vocabulary, never ever thought to delegate anything. What do you mean by delegate? Why should I authorize some else to complete the task? How do I delegate? Who could do this task better then me? Where do I find them? I suppose the people who figured the answers to to the riddle ,they’re the ones that are the most successful in business.
I needed my little piece of the cyber world that I can call my own . Were to start? I didn’t really have the time to learn to how to create web page. Most importantly would it be any good? I didn’t know what to do, should I spend the time creating my own webpage ? I thought, because I’ve gone to school for art and graphic arts that designing the page would be easy. How do I talk computer language? People create their own webpages all the time. You can go online and there’s countless of sites that offer you the ability to create your own webpage for little money or for free.
All the web pages template were generic, there was no real “ make you stand out of the crowd” quality. In this market, the art market, standing out in the crowd is essential. The learning curve to learn to use one of this on line sites was almost as time consuming as learning to use the application.
Then it occurred to me I should delegate the task, but who?
The task of finding a graphic company to create my cyber universe was not a difficult thing. I found that a lot of the web company’s that all look the same and no one that stood out crowd, except for Studio-N. I found Studio-N webpages were innovative, different and artistic. Studio-N is who I authorize to create my web page. What I like best about the company was, all the designers, were also artists, so they understand the demands on an artist. They created a webpage that was far better than anything I could’ve ever created. It was awesome to see their ideas. As an artist you spend far to much time with yourself that it is refreshing to see someone else’s ideas. Which in return regenerates your thoughts. I learned that creating a web page is not just about the imagery and the design, it’s also about marketing. How do you get your web page out there? Studio-N knew how to do that. Their job is not to just create a amazing wed page but helping the world to find your cyber space. If I had not delegated the job to them I would have not learn all that I did.
I am writing about Delegation because this is the eve my web page release reception (September 27 at Studio-N between 4-6 pm). Yes you read that right, web page release reception. Though my page has been on line for many months. This is Studio-N’s way to introduce me, my art and my web page to world. How many online DIY web site, OR graphic companies would do that for you?
Nora, Adam, Chris, Christine, and Sarah are just awesome.
You can have a computer and the applications to create and design your own web pages, that does not make you a graphic artist or web designer. I think people forget that graphic design is art within itself, that there is method to creating. I have learned that leaving tasks to people who know can be the best decision you make. Delegation ensures that all things you do are great.
A business is created by many different skills .Guess what? You do not possess them all. My first experience with delegation was great, let’ hope they are all great.
Welcome to my blog. this is my first one, sorry it’s a week late but here goes.
Standing at the door of my studio on a Friday night at 1:30 in the morning, looking around at my portfolio and boxes full of my framed prints. I realized I was looking at my summer, well at least the last six weeks of it. I could not believe I had everything done for the show.
THE CARLISLE COUNTRY CRAFT AND OLD-FASHIONED MARKET MERCANTILE, Aug 24-25, is were I was heading for to spend the weekend.
This journey started back in March. Julie Johnson who is the organizer of the market,( who also owns her own shop called Rustic Revival). Found me on Etsy. She liked my intaglio print call “Herb Garden”. This inspired her to invite me to be part of her show. This to me was a humongous compliment. Etsy has brought me no sales yet, but it has connected me to the most awesome and creative people. Julie to me is huge support.
Being me, in mid April I thought I had all the time in the world to create and prepare for this show. Spring came and went and I found myself in July realizing I had not nothing prepare for the show yet. I started to panic.Yes, I am the queen of procrastination. I think I must create better when I have a whole lot of stress on me.
It was time to create new pieces for the show. Ideas were few a far between.I found myself taking My Aussie “Nix” for a few extra walks to contemplate what to do. I found this helped the ideas to flow. Nature quickly became my muses. The stories and ideas started to come to me. So for the next 5 weeks I drew, cut, etched, hand painted till I had completed 18 new editions of prints. The work was hard but I loved every moment of it. I finally found myself in the last week before the show. This a was framing week putting everything thing together week, But where were the frames I had ordered at the beginning of August. The package I had did not fit my artwork. I started to get tense I could see all my planing going out the window. I freaked out for a few hours then realized this was not getting me anywhere. I got myself together and everything else started to come together. At 1:30 am on a friday night or Saturday morning I had finally finished.
Saturday 4;30 am we were up and away to Carlisle for the show. The drive down from Peterborough to Carlisle is about a two hour drive. On the drive down I must say I was tired but excited, looking forward to the new adventure. What would this weekend bring?
THE CARLISLE COUNTRY CRAFT AND OLD-FASHIONED MARKET MERCANTILE is a very cool show. I love the vision of the show to depict a 1800 village. Each booth represents a shop in a village and no two shops are the same. Vendors dress up like they are from that period. There were buskers, donkeys and Llamas to see.
Once in Carlisle My husband and I set up the booth like a well oiled machine. Putting everything were it belongs step by step we finally had a booth and we were ready to do business, but what about pricing of the items? I had really though about about this until now. This to me, and most artist, is the hardest thing to do. You are not just paying for a one of a kind piece of art. You are also paying for the artist’s time. You want to sell your art but yet at the same time not rip yourself off . I went through all the calculations you can do, cost of item to make and time. I still had no idea. I actually had some customers help me price the items. One person suggested that some artist’s have a fix price price per square inch. All too complicated for me. I finally settled on on cost to make times 2.
The weekend was fantastic, I met some very helpful people like Monica who gave me some amazing marketing ideas and ways to help my Etsy shop. Her shops on Etsy are called Monika’s Pottery and Feltlikeit222. I am grateful for her help. I did receive interest and positive feed back on my art, but I was amazed at how many people do not realize what the art of print making is about. That there is a difference between a photocopies and an original print. I was happy to have my press and ink to show people what it was all about.
The best part of the show was I was surround by very creative and incredible people.The vendor beside me was “Metalscape” Handmade iron garden decor. Doris Treleaven, garden decor was sensational and she was a very hospitable person. Up the street from her was a doll maker “The Fanciful Doll” Teena Surma made most unique art dolls and puppets. Across from us was Lost Sock Planets, were I could finally, after all these years, get the sock monkey puppet I alway want. Beside them was the Scowling Owl owned by Andrea Simmer. Her art was very whimsical acrylic and mix media painting & cards.
When you first walk in the door you could find the shop Rustic Revival owned by Julie Johnson. Her shop full of salvage items and folk art.Beautiful items!
All very talented and awe-inspiring people.I can go on on and on. I unfortunately spent most of my time in my booth so I did not have time to make my rounds.
What I did I see I found spectacular.
I find it hard to believe that ” Made in China” is better then this. When you buy from these artisans you buying one of a kind art ,their vision, their thought and their passion.You’re supporting your economy and in most cases you are spending less. Let’s be honest you are also getting a far better product.
I think about everything that lead me to this show. When I write I actually mean we. I could have done all this it without my husband (Andy) ,my Mom and my Dad (my father is my unspoken business manager) .
The weekend was phenomenal I met some remarkable people.You know sometime making a mint of money is not the end all . The human connection can be the greatest payment of all. Would I do this show again? You bet!
- Coming up shows & workshops
- Classes and Workshop for the Winter seasons
- Classes & Workshops
- Totally Plucked