I knew it was time for another post, but I didn't realize just how long it had been since my last post till I sat down to write this new one. I guess I have been busy.
Most of my creative time has been spent on Free Lace Scarves. The last time I wrote, I was pondering possible alternative names for those scarves. I had been wondering whether I could figure out something better to call them that would help me get traffic when I got them up on Etsy. Somehow that issue has fallen by the wayside as I have not managed to produce enough to get them up on Etsy. It is not that I haven't been producing them; it's just that all the ones that I've made have gone to bricks-and-mortar stores. Since that last post, two more stores near me have started carrying them. Woo hoo!
Yesterday, I delivered scarves, pillows and jackets to a store in Newport News - Pop-Shop by Jo Louise. For 13 years now, three friends--Jo Louise, Chrys, and Joelle--have set up a seasonal gift store in an empty store front during the holiday season. It is open for the months of November and December carrying the work of approximately 100 artists. I learned about it at the first marketplace event I participated in since moving to Williamsburg. The woman next to me had been participating for several years and thought it would be a good venue for me. I sent them an email with a link to our website and it went from there.
When I brought my work in yesterday, they made me feel like an old friend. Yesterday was the first day that they were accepting work. It was clear that they'd already spent a great deal of time getting ready, painting walls and display furniture, arranging furniture, etc. Even at this early stage it was clear that they have a flair for display. Their opening reception happens in less than two weeks. I can hardly wait to see the transformation. I'll take pictures to share in my next post.
In the meantime I am continuing to create new scarves. I have a huge stash of fabrics, yarns, fibers and scraps that call to me and suggest new ways of combining them. For my last scarf I (finally) decided to incorporate some of the throwsters waste that I've ignored for years now. I was so pleased that I'm going to do a few more with it. I just love the way you can take a pile of scrap and create something truly beautiful from it. Here's the before and after.
This finished scarf is now at the Pop-Shop. I've started another one today. I'm getting ready for the holiday Small Works show at the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center that opens November 14. Better keep sewing. I still hope to put some scarves on Etsy soon too.
Mother & daughter, Ann Lee & Sonja Lee-Austin share their joys and struggles in their art and lives.