Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I spent the day with Wesley yesterday. She helped me unload my car, then we had lunch, then movies all afternoon, curled up on the sofa with my down blanket and warm drinks.
I started the day with coffee from Three Cups and my newest Jennifer Mecca mug. I have always loved Jen's work and decided to treat myself at the CDCG show since it was such a miserable experience. My day brightened as soon as I bought it. Jen makes some really beautiful work.
So the day was spent licking my wounds and spending time with my favorite girl and it was great. Feeling well rested today and I'll be setting up my studio for the tour all day.
I know my blog post was rather bitchy yesterday and a blogger hesitantly emailed me last night to order stars and a little barn ornament, apologizing for not being able to buy a larger barn. I totally understand that not everyone can afford my larger pieces. Heck, I can't afford them! The thing that I was so annoyed with is that I spent $575 on booth fees $40 on a tank of gas to get there, $10 for lunch one day, not to mention the cost of materials and labor to make the stuff. So I'm way over $600 in expenses for this show and sold very little. The buying public for this show was for the most part wonderful. Appreciative of the work, lots of wonderful comments, very kind and nice to talk with. It was just the lunatics that they let in that drove me nuts! and they all found my booth. Yes, I even had one lady ask me if I could give her a ride home!
Last year at the CDCG, on Saturday I sold $2000, mostly my larger barns, and this year I didn't sell one barn on Saturday, just two stars and my total sales for the day were $48. I really don't know what the difference was, I had even better pieces this year than last. I'm just not sure who this show is attracting. People that love art and want to come look at it, but can't afford it? Mostly..... I would be one of those.Women that buy expensive jewelry, yes. Women buying garments, yes. People buying clay work, no. I think the jewelers did great, the weavers across from me with their mass produced $100 mohair scarves did great. But the clay folks, not so good. I'm not sure how other fiber artists, wood workers and metal artists did. It seemed to me to be a jewelry, scarf and leather purse show! I do know that this was maybe the worst show I have had dollar wise except maybe for that stupid Hog Days festival I did last year. In perspective- I sold more at the Shakori music festival to stoned hippy chicks buying beads, how's that for an oddity! and that booth cost me $200 for four days and I had a front row to all the music and a free camping spot. Not to mention, it was waaaay more fun. Maybe I'll just start doing stoner shows again, haha!
Wesley put it in great perspective for me. My friend Shannon Bueker is probably my favorite painter around here. She has a llama painting that I would love to own. It's $1200, and I can't afford it, but I love it and would buy it if I could. Shannon has even offered a payment plan and I have considered that option. But that $1200 is Wesley's college tuition. So, that's how it was for many at the show, I'm sure. They loved my work, but couldn't afford the $150 or $325 prices. So what to do? Only make stars and little barns and sell lots of them at $24 until people have money again? I have no idea. We'll see how the next two weekends go and then time off until the new year. If I have anything left after the show, I'm sending it to local galleries and let them deal with all of this. I'm seriously thinking of going the way of Sandy in her comment on the last blog posting.... family time, garden and home studio sales. I don't have chickens or I would do that too! I am befuddled and mystified by all of it, but today is another day and I'm just getting on with it! There is yarn to weave after all, haha! That's all I got for ranting on this show. Loved the people that run it, loved the artists, loved the art, loved the nice people I met. Hated everything else about it!