I'm just peeping in for minute folks, but I want to thank those of you who stopped by the booth this weekend. I love meeting people who read the blog...so, thanks for introducing yourselves Dia and Jaimie!
Art-Craftic was fun and the best news was...no rain. It was the first Indie show in our area and afterward when Andrea and I headed over to Titletown for a 400 Honey Ale (named after the 400 train to to Chicago) we enjoyed talking with other vendors and the coordinators about what worked and what didn't.
The long and short of it was positive. For a first year show, I think it went over fairly well. People were unanimous that it should happen again and there was an interesting discussion about not diluting the art with too much food and other entertainment. I agree with the food part---while I love food vendors at art/farmer's markets, I like the idea of the local restaurants on Broadway being the only food source during Art-Craftic. After all, their sidewalks and parking are taken up all day. Though, personally, I'd love to have some musicians...not on a big soundstage like Art Street, but playing in shifts at the square. I think music makes for better shopping.
I never made to Heather's show closing at the Art Garage, but did finally meet her when she swung by the booth and wow...nicer than nice. She radiates such bright positive energy and it matches her work.
You can't choose your family nor can most of us choose our neighboring vendors at fairs. I've always had the good fortune to be next to nice people and this show was no exception. As soon as I saw Bridget's sign I did a double take because I could have sworn it said "BIGGIE" (it did) and for me, there is only one Biggie and he loves it when I call him Big Papa. :) AGHAHAAHAHAHA!!!
Yep, Biggie Smalls is my secret delight. Mark laughs when I have trouble with my itunes and have a tantrum because, "HELP! The stupid thing says it can't locate my Biggie!!!" Though, he still cringes and makes fun of me for standing up and yelling "F*%$ the Po-leeece!" when I saw Ice Cube at Lalapalooza 1992 (it was a bonus, I was REALLY there for Pearl Jam). initially, I was repulsed by Biggie because he seemed so arrogant, but then I saw a picture of him as a little boy and shucks...how could the chubby ten year old named Christopher George Latore Wallace in husky jeans and a bunched up sweater not win me over?
So, while I didn't mention all this to Bridget or ask if the name of her shop was a tribute (I assume not-instead I assume she just goes by Biggie), it still made me curious about her and of course....when she set up and I saw her felted bead earrings and then her hand dyed and screen printed bags, I was in. Her work is meticulously done and I like her display too.
She came in from Illinois and I think (?) she was our only out of state vendor...I'm glad she made the trip. I think Angela at Petal Pusher may be trying to get some of her things in the shop, but be sure to check out her etsy for now...she's having a sale on some of the pouches. Did I already mention they are hand dyed, screen printed and sewn?
I got a kick out of reading about her micro brewing adventures and how they relate to Abraham Lincoln.
All right, that's all for now folks.