Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Handmade Nation -- Show Recap

So, the show this past Sunday for the Handmade Nation premiere was a huge hit. Jenny Hart and her team did a great job of putting everything together. Lots of traffic primed for buying handmade. From a vendor's perspective, it's hard to beat that. Oh, and let's not forget the Alamo glow. What is it about that place? Everything they do seems to be charmed. I would like to convince them to have a regular handmade market in that space. It would be a perfect fit.

Several people stopped by my booth that had made it out to several other shows. It was funny to hear their comments about my booth. They all thought it was great that I "always had a different display at each show." I'm glad my lack of commitment is working for me.
Photo courtesy of Ramonster Flickr site

The best part of the event for me was that I finally got to talk to a couple fellow artists whose work I have long admired. My booth was right next to Ramonster, so in between her Q&A stints at the end of the movies I was able to chat with Kathie Sever. Her work is fabulous and I can now confirm the rumors--SHE is fantastic as well. Of course, we're fellow phone-haters, so it's possible I could be biased. Seriously though, she is smart, funny and down-to-earth. Stardom has definitely not gone to her head. If you're not familiar with her line of western-themed clothing, make sure to check it out.

© 2009 Jaime Jo Fisher

Also out enjoying the show were Jade Walker and Jaime Jo Fisher. I took an artistic embroidery class from Jade a few years back and had a great time. It was nice to see her and to find out that she has an upcoming show at AMOA in November. Hopefully I'll be able to catch it. Jaime is a local jewelry designer that quite possibly makes the most fabulous and interesting jewelry on the planet. Hyperbole? Decide for yourself.

All-in-all a very enjoyable afternoon. A big thanks to everyone who participated.

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