Monday, February 25, 2008

ACC critique


I took a little trip into the city over the weekend to attend the ACC show. Probably the biggest and most recognized craft show in the country. Im lucky to live close enough to go every year, even when (this year included) wintery weather comes our way!

The show is HUGE, packed with people , sauna-like, inspiring, overwhelming, and not to be missed!!! I will admit that over the past few years I have felt the ACC show has seemed a little dated, and geared more towards the older markets. While I think there is still some validity to those feeling, this year the council did something that really helped! They added two new sections to the show; New Wave Craft and the SearchLight section. Don't quote me on this... but i believe the New Wave Craft section was designed to showcase a small selection of artists many would consider "indie", or "DIY-ish". And the SearchLight section showcased amazing up-and-coming artists in a gallery-like setting.

No matter the reason why the council created these sections-they were the best part of the whole show!!! This is where i found the most interesting work. Work I thought was fresh and hip, and wasn't like the work in every other booth i walked by. Im hoping the ACC realizes the success of its new endeavors and continues in that direction. I think its time they make some changes, and they are on the right path.

My hands-down favorite artist at the show was Dolan Geiman.(see above!) He uses old wood from barns, re-habs, etc to create these fabulous wall hangings. He also did some collages that i fell in love with. LOVE LOVE LOVE!


As far as my work goes... I wish i could tell you I have been getting TONS done, but its just not the case. I am making baby steps toward finishing my catalog and I think every little bit helps! I will keep you posted! Happy Monday!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Logo Love



FINALLY! I made a decision about my logo, and just went with it. You have no idea how stressed i have been about this! I printed them on my mini look-books and on envelopes and catalog covers. Now all i need is important documents to fill the envelopes and pages to fill my catalog! No problem!!!! (i wish)! It may seem minor but the "brand" for your company and color choices really are important to me. You only get to make a first impression once!


Here is the logo that will be seen on pretty much EVERYTHING that leaves my studio!


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day!

I wish you all a very sweet and happy valentines day!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Monday Blues

Its monday morning and im back to work...bummer. We had company all weekend, so I was admitedly very unproductive. But I had tons of fun...

Tubbing at Liberty Mountain


I did make some headway on my promotional packages (there has got to be a better name for them....), and my catalog, but i still have a long way to go! Im starting to feel like im getting a little ahead of myself with all of this stuff, and stressing about it way to much. I want everything to be well organized, well presented and appealing. I want to do everything the "RIGHT" way from the get-go. Who wouldnt...


BUT, i think i need to relax a little bit, and realize that of course its not gonna be perfect the first time im doing this, and that everyone has had to make adjustment and learn as they go. I have to let myself feel a little uncomfortable in order to move ahead. AND...its ok if its not perfect....for every mistake i will get better!


Thanks for listening! I will be posting images of my packets when i get them together. Soon Hopefully!
Monday, February 4, 2008

Etsy

Sorry to make this so breif, Im in the midst of applying for shows, and getting my promotional packages together. Some people may consider this the less-fun side of the business, but i have to admit that i love this part just as much!

Just wanted to drop by and let you all know that I just added a bunch of work to etsy...most of it you have seen, but its just making it to my shop now! A lot of work has also been re-shot if youd like to browse the pics!

I think im at 9...have a LONG way to go!
Sunday, February 3, 2008

Update




Saturday, February 2, 2008

500 Pendants and Lockets

This book will be available May 6th. You can pre-order a copy of it from amazon.com right now, for a great price!
Friday, February 1, 2008

On and Off Topic



Hi Guys! Although i knew this book was coming, this is the first time im seeing a photo of it. I plan on adding this to my collection of "500..." books right away. These books are always great, and im sure this one will not disapoint! try amazon.com for your copy!

I am away from home until tomorrow night, but i am planing a major update to my etsy store on sunday. by the way, its not too late for valentines day orders! I will also be included in the Gift Guide Showcase on etsy sunday. I'll post a link when its up!

My other weekend plans include lusting over/watching tom brady play in the superbowl on sunday. Should be lots of fun! ( i know, i know, if you know me your SHOCKED! Blame Casey! ;) Go Patriots!

Have a great weekend guys!

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