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.