What!? I applied to, what is this... ARTSCAPE! Yes! After seeing my true man of inspiration yesterday (Jean-Baptiste, Squidfire man) he kicked my butt into reality, and made me realize that I should apply to artscape and not mess around with the DC CraftMafia. After spending the time with Jean I looked up the due date for the application knowing it was soon. However, I didn't know it was due in 40 some hours. HOURS! So I booked it. My back is now in pain, and I feel like a mad man for making a mock booth in that short amount of time. I am proud of the out come! and more so glad that I applied. It made me realize I need to stop messing around. The reason I am unemployed is so I can dive full heartedly into my Mal's Pals.
Thanks JB for whipping me into shape, and for always being there for a helping hand!
I am assisting an artist at the Baltimore Convention Center this week for the American Craft Council Show. Yesterday and today are for wholesale items. Meaning gallery owners, boutique buyers, interior decorators, and magazine editors are all right at my disposal!!! Oh and the rest of the four days are for retail.
I am learning so much already though! I was surprised how easy and how quick it can be to make a booth look so professional. It seriously took us two (2) hours to set up his booth. That includes parking, unloading, putting carpet and setting up walls and artwork and driving away. Done, out of there see you tomorrow, and it looks like it is a gallery space.
Yesterday was the first day for the show. After seeing how easy it was to make a booth your own; I was able to have a keener eye to inspecting others booths. Today I will go around and take notes of the booths I like and those I don't and why. Is it because of the work? Is it the display? Is it the spacing, color, size, shape, texture, sound, placing of the displays and booths? So much is put into factor when it comes to a successful booth. Right now, I get all this information for free!
Not to mention I love the atmosphere! The idea of these fairs! It is all too great, and I have been away for too long!
Our neighbor is the best by the way. She is older, in her 50's, and so interested in me and my craft. I think it has to do with the fact that I am young. So she told me to bring in my felted toys today so that she can have a look. Then she went on telling me about the history of craft shows. Did you know it started when World War II ended? Well, it did! Well, officially that is.
So I am learning a lot and it's only the second day out of seven!
Oh and did I mention demos!? I am required to goto the three on felting. This is what the guy I am working for told me.
This blog will be neglected for the season. This is due to the fact that mold and deconstruction are being put on the back burner while my Mal's Pals take off. Follow me in my travels to other states and my path invading the web by following me on the Mal's Pals blog.
Do you remember my post a few months ago with an image of dyed wool? Well, this is what that wool has become, Mal's Pals! Gender neutral, animal hybrid, and non-determined story (if I can use that as a term?) toys. They excite me to no end, and all I want to do is make them!... and of course a little bit of me still wants to weave. So look for them in the spring, for I will be selling them to the child inside of you, or look for them in two weeks at the SENIOR COMMENCEMENT SHOW in station. They have turned into my thesis show, and will be for sale there.
Pray for Emilie Louise Gossiaux, over a month ago she was hit by a car while on her bike. Through news feds I found out that she is still in the hospital and able to speak now. She is unable to see though. This is very sad on many accounts. One reason why I post this on my blog is that this girl is a brilliant artist! and before the accident, had been through a lot. I met her when she transfered to my high school in '06. The reasons for her move was due to hurricane Katrina that hit New Orleans. She went to high school in the orleans aria at one of the top art high schools. She is now attending one of the top art colleges (Cooper Union), but instead of living the life of a normal college student she is in a hospital bed. Please prey for this amazing artist, and hope that she can get back on her feet once again.