More on the Patchwork shows on their webste http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/
General admission is FREE!!! Every show has an info tent.
There are so many artists exhibiting a wide variety of work in different mediums. Lots to discover and get inspired by. It's great to see artists get creative with ways to share their work .. and market themselves along with their images.
You'll see that again and again with the artists highlighted here. It's SO IMPORTANT. Make it easy and quick for someone who picks up an image (and is attracted to it) to find out who made it and how to contact them.
Don't underestimate your Smalls ... business cards, postcards, buttons, magnets ... these "little" items can be big contributors to your branding efforts.
Here are a just a few of the booths and artists that were at this event...
Hard to tell if it was just the images ... or the good karma .. that drew me to this both. Painter Shannon had previously shown at galleries and was a first-time exhibitor at this show. After months of So Cal drought ... wouldn't you know it... there was RAIN to deal with. Shannon had a wonderful, unruffled attitude about it... and listening to her talking about it with another attendee made me even more curious to see her work.
The "starving artist" cliche might be romantic, but let's be practical. Artists have to be adaptable ... and it was great to see someone willing to strike out on her own and try something new. A good reminder that a new venue can introduce you to a new market!! Yes, she had lovely originals with her. And perhaps a purchase like that was more an aspiration than an opportunity on this day... but gold star for her for showcasing so many OPTIONS to enjoy her work.
In addition to works with the ceramic frames .. she also had smaller works .. and cards. Like the frames, there was a texture element to these pieces, with the fabric canvases and the chunky, block-like frames. The feeling with "Art" is usually "look, but don't touch." But these works had a playful sense of tension with that expectation, where the materials used invited touch. Art like this is fun, approachable, and affordable ... what's not to love?
Here are two cards..
This Patchwork show in downtown Santa Ana included lots of vintage architecture... worth looking up and enjoying...
This booth had fun with vintage images .. turning them into witty gifts and coasters...
Cheltenham Road "Vintage Style handmade for you" more coaster images also on Esty https://www.etsy.com/shop/CheltenhamRoad
As you might imagine, living and work space in SNB land has lots of bookshelves and not much wall space. I'm always attracted to racks of cards. With postcards and cards I can send a bit of art with a note to a friend ... tuck the image into a tiny frame for a gift ... have a handy bookmark .. or decorate some space on a bookshelf (as if we have any of that :)
These pretty cards and graphics are by Courtney Oquist.... once again, contact info included on all the cards! Gold star :)
There were lots of roads to wander down ... with food options on every path...
If you get the chance... you must try these made-from-scratch Torch S'mores. So incredible!! They were at the Long Beach show and I was super happy to find them again. They are just getting started so the website isn't fully operational yet ... but look for their cart. So yummmy!!!
Also clever art .. and marketing .. at the Human Tree Robot booth..
More card fun..
Cards, buttons and felt animals.... and more super-smart marketing...at this next stop...
and May 2014 http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2014/05/get-inspired-by-learning-from-others.html
also post for Los Angeles Printers Fair 2014: http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2014/10/los-angeles-printers-fair-2014.html