Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Seaway Valley Gathering of Artisans

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!

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