Yes, as usual, real summer comes at the end of summer. We’ve had a few days in a row of 35-plus degree days and high twenties at night. We have air con, and it’s been on the past few days, but you still don’t feel like doing anything outside, or going anywhere. I have even lost a bit of motivation to make things…but I did get a bit of making in, over the past week.
I’m tired of getting knock backs for various markets around town. I’ve applied to quite a few but they don’t want to give me a table for some odd reason. Some even cost hundreds of dollars for a few days, and still they say no. Most say that they are looking for ‘design-oriented goods’. I’m wondering how they think my pieces come into being – hocus-pocus and the clicking of ruby slippers?
My old market moved to a smaller location and my space there is not guaranteed, which is a bit of a problem because that’s where all my customers expect me to be. They only tell you a week ahead of time if you have a space,and only if someone else cancels. That haphazard way of operating is not for me. I want to take a more professional approach and look after my customers better, rather than saying ‘I might be there – try your luck’.
I don’t want to be so unprepared…so I found another market – The Rose Street Artist’s Market. It has quite a good reputation around town so I am taking a stall there at the end of March. They were warmly welcoming, and I have to wait and see if this is the right demographic for my designs. Maybe my work is more ‘art’ than ‘craft’ – I tend not to lean towards cutsie rabbits and birdies done in crochet and felt.
I’m thinking that I should open a shop or get into a shop. I live in quite a good part of town and there are a lot of potential customers wandering around everywhere. Thing is, I like to tell people about my designs. I’d want to be there, not just leave it in the hands of a shopkeeper. There is an ideal little spot around the corner from my house, and another only a few stops on the train, outside the station. Problem is, I have a full-time management job – it’s hard to also run a shop.
That said, I have another very exciting project in the works. I’m really thrilled to be working on this project, which is VERY design based. You will have to wait and see my first items once they are ready – which I hope will be within the month. I think you will be surprised at what I am going to do next…but maybe not 🙂
Etsy is very slow right now, and I am the kind of person who can lose momentum if the activity is not there. I like to be busy. I am quite motivated though and am always branching into new things. Some work out, and some do not.
I was given access to a collection of prints of 18th century Sevres porcelain designs. The porcelain items from Sevres are stunning – just Google it to see what I mean. I thought the images would make great pendants…and here is what I came up with (above).
I also made a few pairs of earrings with various antique elements – bone beads, brass stampings, Whitby Jet and pyrite.
This bracelet is made from one of my favourite most recent finds – an old French bicycle registration plaque. The Art Nouveau styling and design is so lovely – it just had to be made into a bracelet. Can you imagine – something like this went from adorning a bike around 90 years ago to a bracelet to be worn in the 21st century! Isn’t design amazing?