|At the Baie d'Urfé Curling Club|
On October 18th and 19th I had the great pleasure of participating in my first craft fair at the 2014 Seaway Valley Gathering of Artisans in Baie d'Urfé. It was a beautiful, sunny space in a large red barn. I was sharing it with seven other artisants who did everything from woodworking and glasswork to knitting and photography.
Because this was my first craft fair, I did a lot of research into what makes a good booth. I discovered that bright colours, different levels, and good lighting fit the bill! So I purchased a tablecloth and a banner, and lettered my own signs and price tags by hand. I was also fortunate that my brother Paul, who is an excellent woodworker, made me three beautiful pine boxes on which to display my bouquets.
|Me at my booth, The Beaded Kusudama|
I was extremely pleased with how my booth turned out, and the organizers even complimented me on putting together such a great display at my first show! The other vendors were so welcoming and encouraging that I can't wait to become a part of this community.
The response to my work was very positive. People couldn't believe that it's possible to make such beautiful things out of paper.
|Bouquets, including a Halloween bouquet, loose flowers, and Christmas decorations|
By far, the most popular items were my earrings. Origami jewellery is unusual, and early Christmas shoppers were excited to find such unique gifts. The organizers liked them too; they were so pleased that they said I could bring my jewellery along to the Quinn Farm Christmas Fair, which I'll be doing on December 20th and 21st, even though I'm not strictly a jewellery vendor!
|My origami jewellery|
The Gathering of Artisans was a great event. I learned so much and had a lot of great ideas about how I can be ready for the Quinn Farm Christmas Fair:
- Expand my jewellery line
- Create smaller bouquets and decorations for the home
- Make more Christmas ornaments for next time
- Learn how to quill so that I can create beautiful images that can be framed
I've also received some commissions from my colleagues at work, so I'll be getting started on those tonight!