Indie Craft Parade 2011

The Indie Craft Parade in Greenville SC has come and gone...5,000 people came out to browse & buy lots of handmade goods from the local artists.  It was my first experience participating as a vendor and I really loved it.   Dad built the shelves for my table and brought them down from Ohio.  Standing at my booth, I interacted with the public as they looked at my artwork & got a great response to the new pieces.  There was such a wonderful creative energy there & I connected with some lovely artists who made the weekend even better.
I also found that my mom is the perfect spokeswoman for my art!  I am going to hire her as my assistant full time and we shall tour the country's art festivals and become a great success...


 At the VIP gala Friday night (the opening event for the craft parade) my brother Ronnie won a little grab bag of local art.  He started walking up to the front before they even called his ticket number, confident that he would win.  When they called his number by chance, he had a spring in his step as he scooted to the front to claim his goodie bag which included a Chesire cat illustration, a small felted owl, handmade dog collar and fancy yellow flower necklace that became property of me.  Woohoo!
I had a great location in the fair on the corner, so my shoppers (and me) had some breathing room with a wonderful view of the Reedy River out the window.  I am grateful to my friend & gallery owner/curator Teresa for introducing me to this event.  Thanks to everyone who came out and supported local art!


the night before...

Last working night in the studio before the Indie Craft Parade kicks off tomorrow in Greenville!  I've had a productive few weeks and am excited to take part in my very first art fair!  I have a little booth in the corner of the Huguenot Mill, and will set up tomorrow in the early afternoon.  Friday is the VIP gala, with free food, drinks and music for the price of a $25 ticket.  Saturday (9-7) & Sunday (11-5) admission is free all day long.  If you're in the upstate, come by & check it out!

My faithful cat Clementine has sat in the same spot every night watching me draw & collage.

Here is a quote about the event from their site: Indie Craft Parade is a public market that brings together the best artists and their handmade goods from across the Southeast. For three days, you'll enjoy quality crafts, local food, and the opportunity to make friends and connections with the artists themselves.  This event welcomes independent artists and anyone interested in purchasing unique handcrafted goods from within their own communities.  The location: held indoors at the historic Huguenot Mill at the Peace Center in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. The mill is located at 101 W. Broad Street.


Getting ready for the Indie Craft Parade

Typing, sewing, drawing & printing away in my studio today...  Lots of new work is ready to be seen by the public for the first time during the Indie Craft Parade on September 9th.  Over the next few days I'll be busy building my inventory for my booth for Loose Tooth Studio.  Here's a sneak peak at the new collage work.  Hide & Seek (type, monotype & hand-colored linocut) is matted in a vintage hinged gold frame, each side measuring 5" x 7".