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!