Saturday, May 25, 2013

News, Post-Show

Guys, my art show last night was the most exposure I've had!  There had to be at least 500 people waltz through those doors, if not more. I met a wide-range of individuals and after many friendly exchanges, I found myself quite overwhelmed with positive responses!  I wasn't expecting that at all.  You know those artists that don't think any of their work is good so they never expect anyone to say much about it?  Yeah, that's me.  So when numerous folks surround me with accolades and well wishes, I get a bit overzealous....humbly overzealous to be exact.  It feels really great that I had this opportunity to create a large amount of work and share it with hundreds of people.

I sold a small handful of things; a few magnets, a piece of handmade paper and a framed piece I had hanging on the display.  It wasn't my original plan, which consisted of selling out completely and going home with just the display and my personal belongings, but I'm happy with the hand that was dealt. A new art collective introduced themselves to me and would like to have coffee in the near future to discuss an opportunity with them.  I'm game for this.  After the 2 or 3 commission inquiries I had, I do admit last night was a success overall.  I would do the Raw Events again, definitely!

Photos coming soon!

Next on the list:

Axiom got into the St. Claude Main Street's night market on June 8th!!  We are absolutely stoked about it however, it is suggested that we obtain an occupational license.  Bleh!  Now I have to deal with City Hall?!  I have to look all of this information up, especially how long it may take to get one.  The market is TWO WEEKS AWAY!  As Raw's Showcase did with my prints, I'm hoping this little market will launch the jewelry line in a positive direction.

Summer may be slow in some local industries, but I'm finding myself to be quite busy over the next 4 months.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Day Before the Show

My display is built!  Yay for that!  However, I have decided not to paint it.  There is no time and I kinda like the rawness of the wood anyway.  I purchased the hardware for it yesterday.  I hope it all works out.  The little things, such as lighting, any fabric/cloth for "environment" decor, price lists.....all being done today.  I am functioning on 4 hours of sleep and an apple.  Also still trying to finalize transportation of everything.  My car is too small for an 8 foot piece of pegboard.

I added 10 sets of marbled greeting cards last night.  They will be for sale as well.  They are also the reason I am sleep deprived today.  It is all worth it though.

A little snippet of the display.
Marbled cards on a dry line.

My contact cards came in this morning and they look pretty good.  I am excited to hand them out to people.  Unfortunately, I only ordered 100 of them. I may have underestimated.  Eek!

My anxiety level is through the roof this week.  With drama at work on top of my art show deadlines, let's just say that I have been biting my fingers A LOT over the past four days.  One of my back muscles has been in spasm mode for almost two weeks now.  After all this craziness is over, I think I need to visit my yoga mat.  I could also really use a trip to the spa.  

Keeping fingers crossed for a smooth Thursday!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Playing Catch Up.....Again

Out of sight, out of mind?

Some people just aren't cut out for blogging.  I love doing it, but I cannot seem to find the time to fit it into my schedule.  Many things are shaping up in 2013!  With any luck, I can enjoy the fruits of my labor in the near future.

My best friend, Darcy, and I started a jewelry line a few months ago!  It really came out of nowhere.  I've been making these paper beads for about a year now and after stringing them together, admiring them, showing it all off to friends and family, and then discovering Darcy's love and fascination with wire jewelry!  It seemed only natural to go in that direction.  We've both been trying to figure out how to work together doing something we can mutually dedicate ourselves to.  I guess we found it!  We applied for a booth at the St. Claude Night Market on June 8th and we're hoping to hear from them soon.

Currently, we have some of our lovelies are over at Bon Castor Gift Shop in the Bywater neighborhood.  Great place!  If you haven't been, I highly suggest it.  Amy, the owner, is a wonderful conversationalist (I must admit) and if you find yourself a little overwhelmed at the amount of creative talent in the shop, feel free to strike up a "what to do?" round of dialogue with her.....or even some of the other customers!  I mean, chances are they are regulars and know exactly what to suggest.  I like it there.  I think we'll stick around.

Bon Castor is located at 3207 Burgundy Street in New Orleans.

I have another art show coming up, on Friday!  Raw Artists: New Orleans is an indie arts organization which promotes underground talent and introduces them to an international, networking system of other artists.  They have shows every month and I am in the May installment.  I've been working on some marbled pieces and a few prints (along with things I've done in the past).  It is proving to be a challenge because not only do I have to create and frame my work, I also have to build out a display as well.  I've never had to worry about this aspect of an exhibition so it is definitely something new.  We are about 3 days out and I still have yet to frame two large pieces.  I'm stressing about it, yes.  I have my display sketched out down to the inch so I hope I can get those pieces finished.  Otherwise, it messes up the flow of the display and I have to come up with another plan.  There is a tiny part of me that cannot wait for this to be I can breathe!!

Yes, it's hard to see, but trust me......a lot of mathematics went into this!

I have one or two more things I'd like to do before Friday's chaos.  The plan is to have work for sale, but span the pricing scale....really cheap to not-so cheap.  We'll see what happens.