Friday, January 1, 2016

New year, new possibilities

2016 is already shaping up to be an exciting year! Right before Christmas, I was contacted by Micropolis — a cool artist's cooperative in Gloversville, New York — to have a gallery show of my Petal People in March and April. I had never been there before so I took a ride over to check it out and liked what I saw. It's a very nicely juried gallery, connected to a high-end food co-op which brings in exactly the market of customers who like my work. And Gloversville has a really interesting history. It was so named because the town was once the hub of America's glove-making industry with over two hundred manufacturers in the little town.

So I said yes! I put together my very first show last year and had about 6 months to work out what I wanted to make. But this opportunity at Micropolis means that I have to get my show together in less than two months. I have my work cut out for me but I am so glad for it. I had already decided that I really didn't want to spend January and February making custom wedding orders as I have done every year for the past 6 or so, and this is just the opportunity that I needed to fill the creative vacuum without sacrificing income.

When I participate in any kind of craft show or gallery show, I try to make much more work than I will use so that I can have a wide assortment from which to choose, in order to put together the very best display, and to arrange the work that looks best together. I already started to play around with some botanicals to get warmed up and created these two figures:

The dancing one ended up selling right away so I think I am going to take my show in that direction, creating looser figures that are moving with carefree abandon. Better get busy!

For more information on my show, watch these Micropolis sites for detailed info:

Happy New Year!

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