Jamie Lau. I am sporting as absolutely fabulous feather fascinator by Miss Ruby Sue designer Lori, who was across the aisle from me. I LOVE IT! It's bright purple with pink and red, what's not to love?I think this was day 2? and I am barely awake in the photo LOL.
Don't get me wrong, I had a fantastic time just my body doesn't like getting up at 6am and going until 11+pm for 4 days in a row. It was an amazing experience on so many levels. I'm happy I put aside my fears of worrying about if one of a kind would do ok at a wholesale show.
I had such terrific & positive response to my work that it has really motivated me to do more of these shows. Women were almost fighting over stuff, and I could have sold twice as much if I had it. I came home with about 1/4 of what I took. I would come home each night eat dinner and make a couple pieces of jewelry to take the next day. I even took stuff I had set aside for Artist Xchange, and things I made for myself and as gifts!!! It was crazy and I loved it.
Another huge thing that made this show so great was the camaraderie of the other artists in our little "Haight" section of the show. EVERYONE was really wonderful, we all helped each other with setting up or moving things around. Everyone looked after others booths when people need potty or food breaks, and everyone was super supportive. Even though we had some disasters in our area like as an another sections display crashed onto one of our groups booths and broke her displays, and then when some jerk came thru our section stealing jewelry=everyone was lending a hand to fix, help, hug and lend support. I truly have never done any other show where everyone was so caring about the people around them. Cindy (Hamburger Panda), and Jamie were next to each other and cracking us all up the entire time. Jenny & Jimbob were delightful and I adored their hand decorated matchbox shrines they make for each charm they handcast. Across from me was the cheerleader and beacon of sunshine in our section, Spring of Blac Gurlz Ink. I loved her energy and I know we'll be seeing each other again soon.
Honestly, everyone was fantastic, and I could write a book on them all but I'll save your eyes. The other wonderful people in our little section were: Humble, Squishy Sushi, Beyond Wonderland, Tim Snyder Photography, Tish & Co., Amanda K Lockrow, Beyond Wonderland, Floor Art Works, Funky Chicken Design, Live Your Dream Designs, Meghan Patrice Riley, Mixlexic Press (amazing modern day Illustrated Manuscript art books!), myfriendroze, Rosy Renaissance, UP N' ATOM brand SOAPS. Sorry I dont' have the energy to look up every link, you'll have to google them. I'm gonna get on the soapbox and asking you all - Please, Support your local (and long distance!) artists and spread the love around.
On that happy note I'm off to bed to dream of happy times and jewelry.