Ah, the total freak out.
Our stomachs were finally feeling better after the Ava incident (our doggie is doing WAY better btw), and then we realized, huh, don't we have, like, The Biggest Show Of The Year coming up? Hmm. We better get on that. And we have been gettin.'
DIY Trunk Show was totally awesome too, in case you were wondering - I just wish I wasn't all freaked out about Ava that day - I couldn't really concentrate, I cried when our friend Erica came by (she has a doggie, I knew she'd understand!) so that didn't help much, and I'd sent Andy home to be with Ava. It was such a weird day.
Here's some more stuff that is freaking us out:
1. Clay-body weirdness.
Andy will be writing about this later - But not good when you just bought 2000lbs of it, and need it for the next 2 shows plus orders . ARGH!
The One of a Kind Show has always supported their local artists by promoting their work on local tv stations. One of our plates will be on WGN 9 on this Thursday. EEP!
The New York Times Magazine writer we've been lucky enough to be interviewed by is getting ready to have his Etsy, DIY & Handmade story out before X-Mas. Fact checker will be phoning on Tuesday. EEP!
We have just not been able to keep up with inventory. It's really affecting how we look at a show - Which you may or may not know, is really important when you're trying to get the attention of every shopper using only your display and your product to draw them in - Shining personalities aside :) D'OH!
4. Upcoming Show Season.
Looking kinda bleak, imho. Seriously, I think the trend for these art festivals/fairs (not the indie ones, those draw a very different crowd and mindset) to charge $400 & up for the weekend will come to end once they see that their anchor artists are no longer applying and they're filling the spaces with buy/sell product. The crowds are looking bored, the events are getting WAY to big, and we're being touted, if we're lucky enough to even be mentioned, as entertainment. Did I mention we do about 25 shows a year? About 3/4 of them fall into the $300 & up category? Yep.
We were lucky enough to be accepted into the New Wave of Craft at the American Craft Council's Baltimore Show in February, and I expect that audience to be much more appreciative of the work being presented there. Baltimore! :)
This post is my rant that I promised I'd never put out into the cyberworld - But I do feel so much better having written this - Thanks!
[Andy will be writing about clay stuff later]