Well, we survived the debut show for H. Karlsson Jewelry Design. Many thanks to the intrepid Miss Virginia for toughing it out under less than ideal weather conditions and hauling stuff around. April 22, though not rainy, was quite chilly, especially for Texas this time of year. Then there was the little matter of the wind. One artist's tent blew away during setup, and I was thankful that we had the tent weights and the tent spikes. Even so, we had to leave the back wall off just so the wind wouldn't blow us up to Lake Texoma. Apart from it being windy and cold, I did get a lot of positive feedback from the other artists as well as the attendees. I also saw a lot of cute puppies! Below is a booth shot from the show.
As you can see from the billowing tent walls in the picture, it was quite gusty!
My next show is this Saturday at Valley View Christian Church from 9am to 3pm. Since it's indoors, it's a perfect opportunity to shop for Mother's Day or graduation or just "treat yo' self."
Hope to see you there!
Okay, so I'm a little bit late in writing this blog, but the past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of preparations for my very first show as a jewelry artist at the Addison ArtFest. (By the way, if you can, come on out to Beckert Park in Addison. 5044 Addison Circle, Addison, Texas from 12pm-5pm.) When last we met, our heroine was planning to meet with her intrepid assistant, the lovely Miss Virginia, to do somewhat of a dry run for setup. Adventures were had, things were learned, and gallons of sweat were lost, because it was 185% humidity in my backyard. We did survive tent assembly, and Miss Virginia suggested it would be far easier to label the tent walls so we could match up the zippers. We also discovered that the shelving I planned to make the pedestal tables out of were, ummm, not very well made. Undeterred, we pressed onward until tragedy struck, and the vintage shutters I had bought for display purposes blew off the table and shattered. Granted, it wasn't a total loss, but I did not have time to reglue everything, and it was evident that this was not a Good Idea. We adjourned due to exhaustion and excessive mugginess, and I withdrew to ponder a solution to the gale force winds.
Some internet searching and a trip to Bed, Bath, & Beyond later, and I came up with a solution: stone trivets. Pictured below, along with the shattered shutter, are some glimpses of what I came up with. As for the rest, well, you'll just have to come out to Addison and see! Don't forget your sunscreen!
Greetings, one and all, and thanks for reading my blog! As I type, there is some energetic thunder happening, yet my yard guy and his assistant bravely soldier on, fearing no Texas weather. More power to them, and may the Lord protect them from getting struck by lightning. Meanwhile, I will entertain you with what's been going on with preparing for my first art show. But first (!!!) I will remind you that the Addison ArtFEST is in TWELVE DAYS!!!!!! I'm not panicking! You're panicking! Anyway, come out and enjoy the free art show, see the work of 25+ artists including me, and hopefully the weather doesn't make like the Wizard of Oz. In case you missed it, here is the link to the show information: www.addisontexas.net/index.php?section=calendar&evtid=1293
Now, since this show is outdoors, I needed to get a tent. I found a pop-up canopy tent for a good price, and when it arrived, Mr. Karlsson and I proceeded to attempt to set it up. Let it be known that the longer one is married, the more comedic (for the observer) working with one's spouse becomes. After a few frank exchanges of ideas about how the thing should be assembled (considering the instructions were a bit lacking), we managed to puzzle through it and get it set up. It's a good tent. I am pleased. Pity isn't waterproof. Oh, well. That's a later problem.
The next step was to make tent weights. When one is doing a show outdoors, it is generally a good idea to have weights to hold down the tent and keeping it from blowing away to Oklahoma. To do this, I found a very useful tutorial about how to make some out of PVC pipe and quick-set concrete. "Piece of cake!" they said. "It'll be easy!" they said. There are many reasons I did not take more than two pictures of this process. One of them is the fact that I tripped and fell into the tub I was mixing the cement in.
Never underestimate my capacity to launch myself face-first into something I shouldn't. At any rate, after much trial and tribulation and hosing myself off (and probably offending all neighbors within earshot), I managed to make 120 lbs worth of tent weights. Pictures of those will be available in Part 2, in which my lovely assistant Virginia and I attempt to set everything up ourselves.
Once the tent was procured, I had to get display tables of some sort, plus a jewelry case for the higher end items. At some point I intend to have a bunch, but I could only afford one right now, so that's what I got. As far as display tables go, it was the internet to the rescue once again! I got inspiration for inexpensive consoles from another jeweler's blog (don't worry, credit will be given at the end of this blog!). I also ordered light colored table cloths from a certain well-known retailer who took THREE SOLID WEEKS TO DELIVER THEM. I think they sent them by passenger armadillo or something. Needless to say, I will not be doing that again. I also picked up some accent material down in the design district in Dallas. I just have to cut it to length, but that is a problem for another day. Finally, I ordered packaging materials, labels, and business cards! My cat Tosca got into the act by claiming one of the makeshift consoles as "hers".
Finally, I have a couple of pictures to give you a sneak peak of what to expect at the shows in the coming weeks. Take a gander at these! In my project box are various examples of Hu Bei and Wabi Sabi turquoise, with the exception of the two malachite cabs on the left side, and the center one, which is Green Mojave turquoise. Green Mojave turquoise is actually a composite material made at the Kingman mine in Arizona. It's a very unusual material, and reminds me of looking out of a plane window at farmland far below. There are a few pendants I'm making that are made of fused argentium silver. I'm only making a few of them because they are a bit fussy and time consuming to make, so most will be sterling silver instead.
That's all the news that's fit to print for the moment. Be sure to come by the Addison ArtFest on Saturday, April 22 from noon to 5pm in Beckert Park, and the Valley View Christian Church in Plano on Saturday, April 29 from 9am to 3pm. What other shows do I have lined up? You'll just have to stay tuned!