Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Anybody out there on the art and craft fair circuit at all? I'd be interested in hearing about your experiences!

I've got my first real outside juried show coming up soon (so soon, in fact, that I'm kind of in denial about it)...

Yup, May 16 - 17 - is that really next weekend?? Gulp! Happily, I'll be going over with several friends from Western Avenue Studios, but, in the meantime, I'm really focused on building inventory. I'm weaving lots of pretty basic scarves:

A pile of bamboo huck lace scarves, taken right from my first Handwoven article and modified a bit, waiting to be washed. Eventually, I'm going to be able to list quite a few in my Etsy shop, I think, but not yet!

They would be more efficient if I wound enough warp to weave two or so at a time, but it turns out I have a short attention span when it comes to weaving solid colors. It is interesting, though - as a weaver, I enjoy complex patterns and colors, but as people come through my studio and comment on various work, I've found that basic colors and clean design sells just as well as, if not better than, the ones that are more interesting to my weaver-ly eye.

There is room for both, of course, and sometimes mindless weaving is just right - I find I spend a lot of time letting my mind wander to new and different ideas while weaving these guys, many of which never come to fruition, but some of which may just be pretty good, eventually.


Lynnette said...

I'm weaving like mad for an upcoming Guild sale as I don't have enough stock to venture out on my own yet. I have noticed that bright colours and soft feel are what draw the customers in my area. Most are appreciative of fancy weave structures, but will buy almost exclusively for feel and colour; I think your huck scarves will hit the spot perfectly!

Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio said...

Hooray!!! This is the first juried show?!?!? You go girl!!! It's a lot of fun....people ask a lot of questions and (in my exprience anyway) are usually very interested in how the fabric came to be:) Be sure to point out your will get a lot of "ooohs" then try ons and buys;) And ....don't forget a mirror for folks to check themselves out in wearing your wonderful masterpieces;) can email me if you want;)!!!!

skiingweaver said...

Hey guys! Thanks for the support... :) It will be interesting to see what moves and what doesn't - I'll let you know... I've done tons of Open Studios at this point so I'm really comfortable with the selling/talking aspect (I talk all afternoon at Open Studios, everybody wants to hear how a loom works since there's a monster one right there for them to see, lol. I'm going to take pictures and put together some sort of book for them to look at for this show...) I'm actually hoping I'll be able to talk a little *less* for this! LOL!