Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Shows are mysterious things

 Hundred's of people, lots of smiles, even good sales and my last big show of the year is over. I am tired and it's taken three days to even start to get back into things in the studio. That's my friend Pauline's glass mosaic up there. She does these amazing, bright, and colourful pieces. Makes you happy just to walk into a room when you are greeted with one of these.

Let me give you a little tour of the studio tour. This is a major juried event here and something like 5,000 people attend. It's held in 10 studio locations and we had 5 artists represented in ours. I loved where I was. It was in Carol's home where both she and her husband have studios.

 Their home is this fantastic contemporary home that sets up like a gallery space when you move the furniture out and about. Love those polished concrete floors and that green wall. Carol's husband is an architect and he not only designed their home but most of the furniture for their home as well.

This is my space. I got the green wall!  I'm not sure whose backside I managed to get in my photo. And my doesn't that electrical cord look a bit untidy. Oh well.  But really, truly it was much more impressive in person :-)

This is Carol's studio. She's in a heated garage that probably no car has ever been in. Carol works with large format cyanotype collage (blue prints). Her work is quite amazing. She's collected all of these laundry tags and vintage images and had them made into enormous negatives.

This is one of the negatives being exposed out in the drive.

And now the mystery. I sold every bracelet I made. I sell very few bracelets. Why bracelets? Is there some sort of trend going on out there that I don't know about?

Thanks everyone for all of your good wishes and support over the last couple of weeks as I got ready for this show!


For My Sweet Daughter said...

I have been wondering the same thing about bracelets lately. I have been selling tons of bracelets and earrings. I think it must be the lower price point.
You go girl! I am glad you did well.

Marcie Abney said...

Congrats on such a great show!

maryharding said...

What a fun tour of the tour. Love that bracelet. I like to make necklaces and to wear them. Must be I am out of synch. But what a beauty that one is.

SueBeads said...

It's a bracelety kind of holiday, I guess. Maybe people have more money, so they aren't just buying earrings!?!?!? I love that glass mosaic, I would need one if I was there! Glad you had such a great experience!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I meant to ask you how you did the eyelets I guess they would be on the bracelet? They look great!

stregata said...

Congratulations - on having had a great show and that it was the last of the year! Love the location you had. And seeing your bracelet, I don't wonder that you sold them all. Beautiful.
Now - you rest up a bit. These shows can be very strenuous.

Beverly Herman said...

LeAnn what a lovely place to have a show! It's nice to hear sales were good. Time to rest up now for the Holiday season! It's right around the corner.

Laura Twiford said...

Congratulations LeAnn on a successful end to the show year! The bracelet is beautiful, and I have heard that for a lot of people bracelets are their biggest seller. get some much needed R&R now before the holiday season hits!

TesoriTrovati said...

Thanks for taking us a long! I love the bracelet you showed so if they were like that then I can tell you there is no mystery as to why they sold! Lovely etching. I am doing my experiments with etch as well and they are encouraging! Enjoy the day!

Cindy said...

Thanks for the tour, LeAnn! What a beautiful setting for your show! I agree with the aboe - no surprise that that gorgeous bracelet sold. That is some of the best etching I've ever seen!

sharon said...

That bracelet is VERY gorgeous LeAnn!
This really looks like an incredible show....I knew you would have great success!

Alice said...

What a beautiful studio your friends have. It looks like a space that would surely spark tons of creativity.

Shows are mysterious. When I make lots of bracelets they want necklaces. When I make lots of necklaces they want earrings. When I make earrings they want something shorter, longer, heavier, more refined.....I'll never figure it out. I'm glad your show was a success.

The cyanotype collage is something I've never heard of but looks very intriguing.

sundownbeaddesigns said...

My studio tour is next would be wonderful if I sold all of my bracelets. Glad to hear it was a success.

Pretty Things said...

Every bracelet? Way to go! Most of my customers go for bracelets, too, so I don't know. I only sell a few necklaces these days. NO idea why.