Im back!!!!!! I have been MIA for over a month and I am happy to say I am back on the blog hopefully picking up where I left off with those weekly updates on my art/travel world. With a few upcoming shows, and trips I have a lot to share! More recently (and the reason I was MIA for a month) I just finished up my first show in Dallas Texas!
Since the last blog post I was asked to participate in a local Dallas show. I was a bit hesitant, it didn't seem like my kind of thing, but I figured I would give it a try. I was hoping to network a bit since I have lived in Dallas for over a year, and have yet to branch out into the art scene. I spent the end of September through the month of October prepping for this show. Unfortunately for me most of my time was spent marketing tickets (we had to sell 20 or pay a steep STEEEEEP vendor fee) to be in the show. That should have been my first sign not to do it. Luckily I was able to make some additional product and experiment with some new material and techniques in the little spare time I had between work and marketing. With such a tight deadline ahead there was a lot of making and way less thinking and planning!
For this show I had an arrangement of paintings on canvas, wood, and paper (in frames), as well as weavings and jewelry. Once it was show time I had a couple friends and people I was meeting which was great. Unfortunately the rest of the event had almost no networking. I didn't meet anyone really looking to buy anything and honestly only had a couple people even look at my stuff who were not invited by me! It seemed like everyone there was a friend or family member of another artist showing... which by the way was not curated, or at least did not seem curated at all! I even had two ladies come up to me to try to sell me their tax services! Also....Mario and Luigi won the most "creative" costume contest.... at an art show.... in their store bought costumes I have seen every year since middle school! WTF!?
With a massive amount of my time being spent on this show it was overall a HUGE let down. I am however very thankful to those who came out to the event and those who have supported this journey so far. I have more events coming up that I am looking forward too and will hope for the best at them! I appreciate all opportunities and choose to take many more with fingers crossed for success and most importantly a good time! Luckily my booth looked great and I got to prepare for my next show set up.
The woven product is on the other side. I spent the entire night over hearing people speak about my "knitting" and how I really should make scarves. That's funny because I didn't have any knitting. That kind of gets irritating but it is probably something I will just have to prepare myself for with the other events I plan to do here in Dallas. I really do question why people often suggest things they would never buy anyway! It would cost me more to buy the material to make the scarves (knit or woven) than it would cost them to buy one already made from target! With so many people snubbing their nose at my "overpriced" jewelry why even suggest scarves. But anyway! This was not an event I hoped to move massive amount of product. My real goal was to network. There are many more networking opportunities to be had here in this city I am only just beginning to explore. There are going to be bad ones mixed in with the good. Fingers crossed for the next two events coming up!
I have a group pop up show on Friday which will hopefully have more artists in attendance. If you happen to be in Dallas tomorrow there is a new company who is starting a first Fridays event every first Friday of each month. The tickets are free and there is an open bar. Send me a message if you are interested. Hopefully my ladder of goodies will make its second appearance.
In another week I have Flea Style! An event I am extremely excited and proud to be a vendor at! My lovely partner Kerri and I have great chemistry and our work compliments each other beautifully. Be on the look out for Gemma Design Boutique. I will probably make another post about Flea Style next week. Until then, stay creative, keep making, and don't let bad experiences bring you down!