Friday, 5 August 2011

Art Fairs this Summer

Early Spring I decided that if I truly want to pursue my passion in Art that I need to step it up and begin producing more work and really put myself & my jewelry out there for people to see. There are several different ways to describe my experiences so far....The 1st festival was called DIY Unraveled and it was truly THE most stressful, frustrating experience I have ever encountered...some of this caused by myself & some by uncontrollable circumstances. In fact I almost turned my loaded up vehicle around and headed home because I was so beside myself....burning tears running down my warm cheeks. However, I made it to the venue and simply did the best I could considering the unpleasant situation and it was well worth it when several supportive, wonderful friends stopped in to say *HEY* & show me some luv. I was truly grateful to see each one of their smiling faces and to share my comical saga of that day.

In fact one of the couples, commissioned me to design / fabricate a wedding band for them for their June wedding. Congratulations Rachel & Di! I am truly flattered to have been asked to play a part in the union of two very special individuals.

July - Caffetto Craft Fair

Definately not as anxious or nervous about this show...I learned that my work is better defined as fine art. I am not so much a crafter. I need to charge prices that reflect the quality, design skills & technique of my work. I cannot compete with someone who's capitalizing on the "trendy," selling jewelry for $8 - $20. I create work that has longevity & stylish because it is Art - the pieces are unique. I've met wonderful artists that are humble & in all stages sharing their work with others. Whether the public purchases my work or not I will continue to create because selling is not the reason I do this. If I was to stop creating I truly think a HUGE part of me would die. There is nothing in life that I find more fulfilling then making art & truly connecting with individuals through sharing your life experiences, story over time - "you connect with me & I connect with you". We get one another & you can be every part of human with these people & it's okay.

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