Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Birdfolk Collective - Coming to Winooski, VT, currently on Kickstarter!

So impressed with Nicole Carey of Nicole's Threads. She's currently killin' it! A month ago this was not even a thing. She heard about a retail space opening up in Winooski and she just went for it full force. She researched, she gathered, she made a plan. Last week she signed the lease and this week she launched her Kickstarter. This will benefit so many artists and will be a great addition to the blossoming Noosk. So excited for Nicole and so thrilled that she'll be carrying some of my work. 
In just one day she made it half way to her goal! So cool! It's amazing to witness the community's support. I love the great Birdfolk rewards she's offering... 

Check out her Kickstarter and help spread the word! The bird's the word! Birdfolk!!!

Friday, March 13, 2015

This Past Week in Pictures...

Been busy in my studio. Here's a sneak peak at some new pieces!!!
Had a great visit with Celie, always inspiring to see what she's working on... 
So good to cuddle Kiwi pie!
Stopped by The Shoe Horn in Montpelier on my way home, awesome to see my work on display right on the front counter.
Amanda Young posted this gorgeous photo she took of herself wearing my Earrings, a ring by Molly and Henna by Rebecca
I made these 7 chickadee pendants for a custom order. Love how they came out.
We had 2 45ยบ days! Big melt, lots of mud but the sun felt so good!
Got to enjoy some sunshine and the sunset on the deck at Citizen Cider. We were there celebrating Nicole's big news...
She's opening a shop in Winooski on the top block! Gonna be so great, lots of handmade goods and featuring the work of many Vermont artists, including me!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Fake it till ya Make it!

Sometimes you gotta wing it. I'm still deciding if I want to do this HUGE wholesale trade show this summer but meanwhile I should apply. The application is quite brief and they want a photo of your booth. What do you you do if you've never had a real booth before? (I've done plenty of outside markets and smaller inside craft shows with my table but never needed/used a booth.) You could draw it or do a computer rendering but with so much riding on the image and so much competition for space, I wanted to do the absolute best I could do. So I bought a few more wood displays, I ordered 2 large photos of my work and tore apart the leaving room to have this corner space. I made sure to do this in the morning, when the light was coming in from 2 windows and I used some lamps for more light in the left front of the photo.

I love the motto "work with what ya got" so used my market table, and some items from my studio and my mirror and the bunting that hangs in the bedroom. I kept looking through the camera and filling the space to improve the photo, I got help and advice (thanks Brando, Molly, Celie, Erin and Nicole!) through each iteration until I got this: 
Super pleased with how it came out and I think it conveys enough "boothness".
Behind the scenes - couches smooshed over to one side of the living room.
 This is the first photo I took, with the banner that I bought just for this... I was too focused on the jewelry so it didn't look enough like a booth, like a big 10x12 space.
So I added some stuff to the back wall and stood further back for the photo. I also didn't like how the banner looked so I used the text from it and added it to the wall in photoshop. I like how it looks like decals, and decals are often used on walls in booths. But after looking at the photo on my computer and getting more advice, it seemed I should move things around in the back and better space things out.
 More behind the scenes! Had to move the couches again, I'm standing over one of them! 
A little close up shot, I nailed all the earring cards in place but they weren't hanging straight, a little double sided tape fixed that! 

So that's it...just thought I'd share...hope everyone has a great weekend! It's gonna be in the 30's here!