Thursday, May 3, 2012

Market Maniac!

Well hello there! I am writing you from the beautiful, oceanic, mountainous goodness that is Vancouver...FINALLY! And I must say it is fantastic to be home.

Immediately upon arriving back from Edmonton I resumed prepping for Make It! The Handmade Revolution. There was not a minute of rest from whence I landed up to the day of the market. Just making photo jewelry in itself is quite a time consuming endeavour, but on top of that, there's the postcards, business cards, printing, price tags, framing, print sleeves, inventory, jewelry displays and so on....I was a serious busy bee!

When I finally got to the show, I breathed a sigh of relief and felt like I could actually relax! OK...I'm here now and there is nothing more I can do but SELL! It's on! Over 4000 people attended over the 3 many amazing artisans there - I was overwhelmed by all the splendid stuff on display, not to mention the live music, groovy atmosphere and peeps! I learn something new from each show that I do and I know each one will just get better and easier to prepare for:) 

Artworld Expo...

As soon as I was done with Make It, it was time to prep for Artworld Expo! It's this Friday evening at the Telus World of Science...there will be over 80 artisans, a fashion show, live painting and music! Ya can't go wrong with that combo.

I made up some greeting postcards for this one and adding matted and signed prints to the mix. One thing I am super amped about is a 16x24 metallic print of a shot I took in Rockaway Beach, NY in 2010. Jaxon Howell, a talented and awesome framer/photographer in Vancouver is building a snazzy frame for it. He specializes in custom frames using bamboo and locally sourced driftwood. Look him up (604.369.6249)!

Artworld Expo on Facebook

I will have 9 images taken with my iPhone in the upcoming Mobileography 2.0 Exhibition at Photohaus Gallery! Opening night is May 11th at 7PM.

Mobileography 2.0 on Facebook.

50 local designers and artists, a dj spinning tunes and delicious food carts to choose from. The Market is held at the Creekside Community Centre in Olympic Village and costs $2 to get in or you can get 2 for 1 admission by printing off a flyer here.

Portobello West on Facebook

A Crafty Affaire...

Crafty Affaire on Facebook

Crafty Affaire is the newest handmade market in White Rock/South Surrey, BC. The market will showcase one of a kind items you wouldn't find at most traditional craft shows. It's one day only - June 2nd - from 10AM to 4PM at Elgin Hall!

Vendors of food, fashion, accessories, fine art, vintage items and records, Blim Markets focus on nurturing and promoting creative production in our community. 

June 17th - Car Free Day - Main Street
October 21 - Heritage Hall

Harmony Arts Festival is inspired and built by community, where locals and guests from across the Lower Mainland come to enjoy art and music along West Vancouver's waterfront. The festival runs from August 3rd to the 12th. I shall be there in a tent full of photies and shiny things at the following times: 

Friday, August 3 - 2PM to 9PM
Saturday, August 4 - 11AM to 9PM
Sunday, August 5 - 11AM to 9PM
Monday, August 6 - 11AM to 9PM
Friday, August 10 - 2PM to 9PM
Saturday, August 11 - 11AM to 9PM
Sunday, August 12 - 11AM to 9PM

Harmony Arts Festival on Facebook

One of a Kind, another awesome art market is teaming up with IDS West this year. One of a Kind will have its own district at the conference. This will be a great opportunity for me to hobnob with interior decorators and consumers interested in fine art prints.

IDS West on Facebook
One of a Kind on Facebook.

After Artworld this weekend, I am looking forward to things like cleaning out my fridge and UNPACKING! I have some ridiculous catching up on every day life stuff to do! I had a hard drive failure about a month ago and have yet to reinstall all my software and download all the files that were lost (which were backed up online - thank goodness!), catch up on a tonne of photo editing, photo shoots of new jewels etc! I am moving all of my photo jewelry from my photography site to their new home on Etsy, where I think they will be quite cozy and happy!

I've also been working on a new logo which I will share next time! So much to do but so grateful, appreciative and happy to have the energy to do it all...BRING IT UNIVERSE!  

It's been a bit of an adjustment getting back to life here in Van without Mom on speed dial.  I MISS HER! Everywhere reminds me of her as I was always giving her the play by play of my life via cell phone and Skype - she was always with me no matter where I was giving emotional support, advice AND therapy! Prepping for these art markets has been a bit tough as she always had huge involvement and say in all of my creative projects. Whether meeting a challenge or a victory - she was the first person I'd call...stuff only a Mom wants to hear all about! It's still sinking in and feels unreal at times that she is physically not here anymore...but taking it one day at a time. She is certainly always with me in spirit!



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