It's been a while since I've had time to think about sewing... but tomorrow night is the Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting and I'm excited to go. I'm thinking about bringing my rooster quilt to show ~ but am not sure yet, most of the quilt work at those meetings is phenomenal! For me, it's like going to my favorite spot at any state fair: the quilting booth. So many different styles and techniques ~ it piques my curiosity and I end up coming home with all sorts of new projects in mind. I'm never quite sure of my own abilities though, and sometimes it's hard to show my work.
We had a great time last Sunday at the Belmont Street Fair... my daughter came down from Seattle to help set up and break down and it was so great just to be able to spend time with her. Plus, she is really growing up into a bright, happy, self confident, compassionate, kick-ass human being! Yep... I'm a proud mama! :)
My daughter and her friend as Gorilla and Cockroach
Anyway... she really helped a lot and the whole thing went off without a hitch. We sold quite a few T-shirts and even some posters... and Gregg had a great time doing screen printing demos. We raised almost $500 that will go to Gregg's Surgery Fund. I only wish I had had more time to advertise and get more people down to our end of Belmont. I had a couple friends showing their artwork with us, and they did not sell much and that made me feel bad. We all still had a fun time and we're looking forward to doing it again next year.
I think it's hard being an artist and being financially dependent on those kind of events. They are so exhausting to plan and set up and these artists still have to produce their artwork on top of it all. I've been talking to a lot of people who sell at fairs and other events and the economy is definitely affecting sales. Many say you used to be able to make a living on artwork... now you can only do it out of love because supplies and tools cost a lot, and it takes so much time to produce in a creative mode... so artists are actually losing money on their crafts.
With this knowledge I am so happy I decided to sew for myself and not to sell. And I'm thrilled to have found a group that I can share my work with. Just getting acknowledgment from peers on a project you pour your soul into, goes a very long way in making me happy.