It was already sunny and hot when I arrived on site for day one. People were milling about and there was a general buzz of excitement. It was new territory for me at this event - new display, new designs, new venue and new equipment. Once the people arrived these things were put to the test. In one word it was "great." I had a blast. Friendly people, great conversation, and beautiful weather. I am already looking forward to applying for next year.
My previous display was made from amazing, rustic, weathered dock boards. It had great character and patina. The down side how much it weighed. These were very heavy boards. (See blog post December 2014). I new I wanted to modernize my display to reflect the minimalist style of my jewelry. I am fortunate to have a Dad who is very good at working with wood and who has a shop. I drew up some designs and measurements and he went to work creating it all. It sounds simple but in reality it took us weeks. We designed, machined, redesigned, remachined and then repeated. the end result is exactly what I had envisioned and I can't thank him enough.
I must say thank you to many people.
My husband, for setting up, manning the booth, taking car or our son, bringing me food and being supportive.
My Dad, for building the display, setting up and manning the booth and cheese cake.
My Mom, for helping me polish and card everything.
My volunteers, helping me sell: Laura Farrant, Sharon Yelder, Kari Dyer and Jessica Titley.
Nana and Papa, who babysat my son.
My son, who acted far older than his years and was such a great help with good behavior.
Everyone who visited my booth and gave wonderful feed back and purchased my work.
Thanks for a great show!
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.