Coastal Black was my largest fair this year. I say largest because it was more of a market; thousands of people over 12 days. 6 other vendors braved the weather with me and set up every weekend out side the winery tasting room. Fortunately they have a nice sheltered area there and it was only when the wind and rain both came in together that my booth was threatened. I was very privileged to sell with these 6 other vendors (unfortunately not all pictured below). We bonded over mini donuts, hot drinks, Christmas music and "freezing our buts off." I was also very privileged to see people I hadn't seen in years who came out for a fun night and stopped by for a chat at my booth.
While out at Coastal Black I introduced a new necklace design and bracelet design. I was also fortunate to set up a little area on top of a wine barrel where I could do alterations or work on a piece in between visitors.
The last day of the market my son, Isaac, came out to see me. He spent quite some time at the neighbouring booth (Ivan's Natural and GMO Free Truffles - which are amazing BTW) telling all kinds of stories and then writing his own books. In the very last hour when the crowds were slowing and we were starting to take mental note of packing up procedures suddenly two handmade books and a sign appeared on an empty table beside Ivan. A small boy (Isaac) was sitting behind the table waiting for customers. To his delight both books sold. (One purchased by Mom).
None of us knew exactly what to expect going into this market since it was the first time the winery held that portion of the production they put on. I had a great time, the potential is huge and I only expect it to get better.
I am mostly self taught and develop many of my designs through simple experimentation. Discovering a new technique or applying an old technique in a new way is very exciting for me. I often have middle of the night "brain waves" and some not so brilliant, "brilliant ideas." It is what keeps the process fresh.