Getting Ready for SVOS

A few months ago I signed up to show my work at the Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS) event, which takes place over three weekends in May. I will be displaying my work on the first and third weekends only, the first of which is … TOMORROW!

I’ve been preparing for this show for the last several months. The preparations included designing and sewing whenever possible, as well as collecting display furniture for my booth. In fact, I designed my Spring Collection of handbags with Open Studios in mind. I’m looking forward to show it this weekend for the very first time!

On both weekends I will be displaying with several other artists, each working in a different media. My colleagues and I have been working hard for many months to get everything ready on time. As you can see from the below pictures, we already began setting everything up for tomorrow:

ANY Texture SVOS booth 2016

SVOS booth 2016

If you’re in the vicinity, make sure to stop by and say hello!

A Christmas Booth

It just so happened that shortly after being inflicted with the Bag Bug I was presented with an amazing opportunity. A club I was a member of was looking for artists to man a booth at a local Christmas Market. When the offer arrived, I only had a handful of bags and a vague idea to maybe sell a few someday. So I was quite hesitant at first. I never did anything like this before, and wasn’t sure I had enough inventory. But friends and family urged, and finally I decided to leap in and go for it.

Participating in the (shared) booth gave me a deadline and a purpose. More importantly, it provided the self-legitimization to dedicate six whole weeks to full-time creativity. For a month and a half the dishes piled up in the sink, the laundry lay unfolded, and my family ate a lot of pasta. I, however, had a complete blast, designing, matching fabrics, learning new things and sewing, sewing, sewing!

My kids weren’t initially that happy with me not fulfilling their every need at all times. Towards the end of those six weeks, however, they came around. They learned to appreciate me in new ways (yes, even that previously-taken-for-granted laundry service!),. They took on more responsibility for house work, and joined in the general effort.

The weekend before the fair, I gathered all the things I made over the previous six weeks, and set them up booth-like. For the first time I realized just how much I had actually produced. Put together, my products were quite impressive! The biggest compliment came from my daughter, who only a few short weeks before told me she wished I’d get sick of sewing, and soon. “Mom,” she said, “this is really beautiful!”.

Preparing for my first crafts fair