It has been a very busy few weeks around here lately; I did the first two craft shows of our holiday season. First we were in Rochester for Mayday Underground and then in Baldwinsville for the CW Baker Craft Fair.
Thank you to everyone who turned out to support all of the crafters by buying handmade items. It is always good to know that when you buy handmade you really are making a difference to the artist.
I loved both shows…working for myself is kind of like working in a bubble much of the time, and while it is an amazing luxury, in some ways it can also be a bit lonely. Selling on the web you just don’t get to interact with people the same way you do at a show. Mayday Underground really was my first opportunity to interact with some of you and see firsthand how people were responding to some new work and my sense of humor.
The Holiday Cards were a big success, on the first day I sold out of some of the designs (hint: budgies are trending heavily this year…or a lot of people have a weird small colored bird fetish). For prints and magnets the “Animals Among Us Series” was very popular. Every picture from that series has it’s own little funny story that goes along with it, and by the end of the show people were coming up and wanting to know the stories behind their favorite images.
Pairing a small story with a visual has long been a part of my work-but as I have moved into the online market I have really struggled to find the balance between my product and my vision. The feedback I received at Mayday Underground was great-it really gave me the push
I needed to put my work out there with the stories front and center. I am proud to announce that the “Animals Among Us Series” has now become a greeting card series. Each card showcases the whimsical animal imagery and the imaginative (and often cheeky) story behind it. These cards are any occasion cards; even “no occasion” cards for when you just want to let someone know you were thinking about them.
I was so motivated by the feedback from Mayday Underground that I used a whole bunch of elbow grease and designed and printed the first set of “Animals Among Us” cards for the Baldwinsville show and guess what???? even though it was a holiday show 25% of the cards that I sold were from this series…so thank you for your feedback and support. I do take it to heart and it is nice to know that I am not the only one laughing at my little stories.