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Conference: The National Needlearts Association Tradeshow

When I was leaving my internship last summer at The Grove, Susan informed me that she would be more than happy to bring me along to the National Needlearts Association Tradeshow the following February!

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I was so excited about this opportunity because the tradeshow is really only open to designers and retailers! So last February, I drove myself over to San Diego to tag along with Susan and Judy to Long Beach.

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We received our badges (I was pretty ecstatic that it read that I was a retailer for The Grove! Obviously it had to, but still!) and show materials to navigate the different booths.  We sat down and made a game plan of the booths Susan absolutely needed to visit.  So many names I recognized!  This truly was a fiber high if I ever felt one.

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Apparently, this show was a lot smaller and didn’t have as many people attending as in previous years.  That was a little sad to see, but that didn’t stop us from gawking at all the beautiful colors and touching all the amazing yarn and fiber!  I also found it very exciting that I knew some of the reps from some of the yarn companies from when they came into the shop last summer.

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We made it through the show in a couple of hours and by the end of it, we were all pretty tired.  Who knew looking at yarn was so exhausting!

I want to thank Susan ever so much for bringing me along to the show.  I hope that the show continues successfully so that I might be able to return…maybe if I have my own shop in the future?  Who knows!

New Year, New Update

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So I suppose this blog is a year old.  Happy birthday to….it?  Me?

This image is clearly how I feel right now.  This is the last semester of my college career and the question “What are you going to do after you graduate?” continuously pops up in conversation.  The image says it all: “I have no fucking clue what the hell I’m going to do after graduation (but beer and snacks help).”

I apologize for not updating last semester.  Things got in the way.  I really hope to plan a post on everything I made during Fall of 2012.  I also plan to post on my recent adventure to The National Needlearts Association Tradeshow that I attended last weekend!

Hopefully as I ease into this semester more I will be able to post more and post in progress images of my projects I’m working on.  My Senior Exhibition class this semester should aid in getting myself more motivated to write and keep you updated on my artist life.

Until then…!

 

Tomorrow We’ll Go to the Faire: Faires, Festivals, Conventions and Conferences

Since coming back to Arizona to attend college, I have frequented different art fairs with my aunt and uncle.  While we see a lot of the same artists at most of them, every once in a while someone unique appears.  Sometimes it’s nice to know who will be at an art fair, but other times, it’s fun to browse and see what you can find.  I always think about how working one would be challenging, but wonder if it would pay off.  I have worked a booth at the Sunnyslope Art Walk in Phoenix and while it’s only 3 hours, it’s a lot of work to set up, break down, and to be perfectly honest, it’s a lot of work to smile and be pleasant to everyone who passes (even when you are not getting a lot of sales).

When thinking about faires, festivals, conventions, or conferences that I’d like to work or at least visit, I have a hard time deciding.  In class, we learned about Unique LA.  I had never heard about it before.   A place for all things creative and unique?  Totally!

I’ve always heard about Maker Faire from various blogs I read, especially, of course, the Craft and Make Magazine blogs.  Maker Faire’s happen all over the US and are a couple of days of creatives and inventors making unique and interesting things.  I’m not sure I’d participate in it, but I’d love to attend!

Another sort of convention I’d be interested in attending is The Bizarre Bazaar.  Again, I’ve heard about this one from craft blogs and podcasts.  According to the website it “is a unique marketplace featuring hundreds of exclusive exhibitors selected from the best craft and gift shows in America.”  I think it’d be chaotic to work because it has grown so large, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to go sometime!

The National Needlearts Association recently had their Winter Trade-show here in Phoenix.  They have trade-shows around the country and I would love to attend one sometime to check it out, especially if they come back to Arizona!

While I’m interested in attending the previously mentioned conventions and fairs, and, if I built up a brand, possibly work one or two, one that I could see myself both attending and working at for sure is called The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, or as it’s more commonly known by fiber enthusiasts, Rhinebeck.  I’ve heard so much about Rhinebeck from various knitters, spinners, and podcasters that I feel like I’ve almost been there once.  Worse on the pocketbook than any fiber or yarn store, this festival has everything from workshops, vendors, and fleece sales, to sheepdog trials and fiber animal (sheep, goats, llama, alpaca) shows.

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Many knitters and fiber artists use Rhinebeck as a meetup.  I know that the knitting (and crocheting) community website, Ravelry, usually holds a meetup there.   (While I’m not totally immersed in the Ravelry community, maybe I should become more involved.  I’ve been on it a few years.  Who knows, I could network there!)

So, what would I do at Rhinebeck?  As a vendor, I think I might like to sell yarn I’ve spun and dyed.  Now that I have a spinning wheel do to that, why shouldn’t I put it to use?

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I think that maybe if I made more felted creatures, I could sell those, too.  I’m sure that if I went to Rhinebeck and walked around, I could come up with something else I could make and sell.  But until I do, let me tour the festivals!

….Alright, confession.  I’m not all Fiber and Art.  I have a geeky side, too.

I happen to love Doctor Who.  (And lots of webcomics.  One of my favorite webcomic artist was there that day and she gave me a sketch!)

This was taken at Phoenix ComicCon.  Someday I’d love to go to ComicCon in San Diego (maybe when I’m living there?) but for now I’m content with wandering the Phoenix one.