Conversations at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

I'm still unpacking and recovering from a very busy Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, the second one I've attended as a vendor. I think my booth looks much better than my first, since I had more than two weeks to plan and prepare!

I built two display walls that looked massive in my little print studio but not so much in the giant booth. I'm also standing behind a custom built check-out table that disassembles easily for travel. A table for digital prints, a print rack for unframed prints, and a string of lights completes the new look. I'm pretty happy with the design so far, but I have lots ideas for how to improve the booth for the next fair that includes displays that show how the work is made, and maybe photos of my print shop.

The conversations with visitors is always the best part of these fairs. I got some really nice, and even poetic, descriptions of my work:

"It's the good dream you want to remember."

"It's what you'd get if Beatrix Potter crashed into Edward Gorey."

"You works reflects a highly refined sense of absurdity."

I often have a hard time describing my own work, so thank you!

I also have a delightful conversation with a fellow crafter about the stories behind our work. He asked for the story behind one of my prints, and once I told him, it became even better for him, and created the kind of conversation that my work provokes, which I absolutely love. This makes me wonder if I need to backtrack a bit on my previous post about explaining my work. I guess there's a difference between dissecting and explaining versus telling the backstory, but is that making too fine a point of it? Either way, let's keep the conversation going.


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