My text project is going well… after having a stall at the Redland Girls School Fete, I received three commissions, one for someone who wanted a present for a christening – ‘Zoe Grace’, and two commissions for a gift: ‘Love’ and ‘Peace’
I have discovered that selling at markets is more successful whent he customer feels like they are part of the making process – if they are supplying me with the word, and I go away and make it for them, it’s a whole lot more personal and meaningful. It’s bespoke.
I’m going to continue with this ‘commissioning stall’ as opposed to a stall where I have all my stock for sale. And in all future stalls, I will be sat creating the work infront of all market-goers. It’s important that people see I have drawn the lines on myself, it’s not just pretty paper !
Holly, Adrian and I had a stall at the ‘Queen Elizabeth Country Park’ Show, which is in Petersfield, and which was a complete disaster. It was raining so heavily, it was misty, there was a really poor turnout, no one was particullarly interested in our stall, which kept nearly falling down. Holly sold one piece, the money recieved was paid back to the train guard when she got charged on the train… and I had a rainy two and a half hour car journey back to Bristol with a car full of damp artwork.
We’re seeing this as ‘research’, we know now to not leave Bristol, there’s so many different opportunities for us here.