Hello friends! It has been awhile since I’ve posted, but I have good reasons! I have been prepping work for a batch of back to back shows. I am at my best when I’m creating and these shows have empowered me to take creative risks. What is art without risk, after all?
I had an experience with a craft fair this past Saturday that did give me cause for pause and force me to take a good look at my ego. I did a show at a local high school. thirty vendors, large gym on the 2nd floor of a school, very little foot traffic and most sales were vendor to vendor if at all. Those experiences are crushing to the psyche. Each time we put ourselves out there for evaluation and appraisal by others, there is a lot at stake: money, reputation, exposure and so much more. Of course, we want to make money but at the end of the day, we must create for ourselves. We must realize that shows are about making connections, regardless of whether we sell anything. So I sat at this show for 6 hours and sold nothing. I did, however, meet talented artists who are doing beautiful things with their gifts. I did work on my altered book and talk with people about my process. I did, however, learn about things to consider for the next show.
So. . .how did I respond? After lickig my wounds and figuring that I’d just made a $25 donation in terms of my booth fee, I made more art. Have a look: