If it's Monday, it must be the Small Works Show Report!

Complete with
all the great
you've come
to expect:


Good times!

Overwhelming Fatigue!
(oops . . . that's the part only I have come to expect. Sorry.)

Yes, it's true -- I felt like a truck had hit me when I woke up this morning. It is ever thus. And my poor booth-hand has to get up and go to work just like we weren't still unloading the truck at 10 pm last night after setting up for two nights and then working the show for 3 days. I don't pay him enough.

He has an idea about how I could make it up to him, but it involves one of these:

Negotiations are ongoing. It might be easier to hire new help.

But the show was a good show, like they always are.

Anytime I get to emerge from the studio and parade my children around in their Sunday clothes while they perform their best tricks it's a proud day, isn't it?

I was talking to one of the other artists who commented that it was difficult for her to be around so many people, because almost all of her time is spent alone in her studio and she's really only used to talking to herself -- sounds a little too familiar.

If I'd known it was in my wallet (I found it later that day) I'd have handed her this:

The latest addition to my fortune-cookie-fortunes collection. As it turned out, it came in handy for me later in the afternoon when I was alone in the booth because the weather outside was delightful and the attendance at the show became frightful.

If I'd thought to bring a bowling ball, we could have had a swell game in the aisles. There were just about 10 art lovers . . . isn't that the right number of pins?

But because I always collect fortunes from others at the table as well as my own, I also found this:

And it was completely apropos as well, because people were just so darn nice I could hardly believe my ears!

In fact, there's not a lot of good material for
"Overheard at the Show" --

(if snarky material can be considered "good" which in this case I believe it can.)

Of course there were all the usuals:

If only I had kids!
Can I order it with any initial I want?
If I win the lottery . . . blah blah blah

but I hardly even notice those anymore.

There was a near-miss for an "Overheard at the Show"
all time doozey. (sp? Please correct me if there is a proper spelling for this word. Small Works takes pride in things like correct spelling, grammar and punctuation).

There was a woman standing just outside the booth and staring for some time. I was standing nearby at the entrance to my booth as well. Finally she turned to me.

She said: "I can't believe you spend time doing this. Wouldn't you rather be making art?"

I was unsure of quite how to react, i.e. cry, slap her, laugh, call security, spit

I said: "This isn't art?"

She got a funny look on her face and we were both quiet for a moment. Then she became quite flustered. "No -- I mean doing THIS, spending time sitting at shows!"

Ha ha ha. We both had a good laugh and she said, "that would have been really mean" and I explained that it wasn't outside the realm of possibility because people say bizarre things all the time.

Really she was trying to give me a very nice compliment. And for some reason, this time there were plenty of those.

One woman pointed to my head and said, "There's a lot of inspiration in your cupboard." I quite liked that image. Could be a future piece there.

Another said, "You must laugh all the time you're working on these!" Not quite. Ask my family.

And there was, "Your studio must be such a fun place!" No. Mostly just really messy.

But my favorite was the woman who stood in my booth for quite awhile and didn't say anything to me at all. Then as she was leaving, she said, "I'm going to remember this for a long, long time."

That struck me as being simple and very sweet.

I did have at least two people try to convert me to using a sewing machine. One even explained that I could learn to sew on beads and buttons with the machine. The technique apparently involves taping the embellishment on first, then using a zig-zag stitch to attach it.

But just threading my needle and poking it in the fabric myself sounds much easier and a lot less like work to me. I don't think I'll ever make friends with a machine.

I'll just have to admire the amazing things the rest of you are able to turn out while I

stitch . . . . stitch . . . . stitch.

And it's hard to hear "The Price is Right" with the sewing machine making a racket, isn't it?

I did take a few pictures for you -- someone suggested one of each wall, so here's what my booth looked like:

If you click on the pics you can actually see the pieces!

We invested (finally!) in some new lights and were very pleased to see that it finally looked like amateur hour was over.

All in all, it was another good show.

There was just enough of this:

(although I hope I didn't look quite that wild-eyed
while handling credit cards)

and plenty of teasers for nice opportunities that may come knocking in the future.

A great big thank-you
to all who participated!

(Come back Wednesday for Part II of the show report, including a preview of "Upcoming Attractions" as we approach the spectacular
Small Works 100th Post Celebration Extravaganza!)


Amelia and Justin said...

Hooray. Congratulations!

If we move to Virginia, we are SO looking forward to being able to come to your next show in Baltimore... I miss seeing these fantastic pieces in person!

susan m hinckley said...

Well now that's just another reason to want to go to Baltimore! Good luck -- I hope it works out for you, and I'm sure it will :)

Jake and Chelsea said...

Those are the nicest overheard statements ever.

It has got to feel good to get such positive feedback. Now if only people could start having money to spend again...maybe we need a trillion dollar art bailout?? everyone else is getting one!!

Allie said...

Congrats on the good show! Had to laugh out loud at the one woman's comment on spending time doing THIS - been there done that, lol!! It never comes out the way you mean it.
Your booth looks great. I'd like to have a whole wall just like that in my sewing room. With all your art on it. I'd never come out.

susan m hinckley said...

Well I thought I'd heard all the nicest things in the world at the show. Thank you!

And I think an art bailout is definitely in order. Should they give the money straight to the artists or should they give it to art appreciators on the condition that they buy art with it?

VO said...

Loved seeing the walls of art.

I wonder what kinds of things I've ever said while wandering booths (not that I've gone to a lot of shows mind you).

Hand stitching vs machine stitching: The process is so different, the outcome so different...I wonder why people try to equate them as the same thing when it comes to self-expression.

Funny to hear what people think.

Anonymous said...

thank you for showing the booth wall photos. i love being able to see your pieces in their frames with all the final details. alas, still not nearly as good as being there, but for now we must make do.

glad the overheards were so nice this time around! seems like you enjoyed this show so much more than baltimore-- is it just being close to home, or the atmosphere of the show itself?

which of your little friends found new homes? looking forward to part 2 tomorrow.

and yes, there IS a lot of inspiration in your cupboard!

susan m hinckley said...

Thanks, LuAnne -- It's not necessarily that I enjoyed this show more, just less stress I guess. For one thing, it costs a lot less to do, both in booth fees and expenses. And I've done this one 3 times so I knew the facility, etc.

But it was interesting that, at this show (like Baltimore) people seemed more engaged with my "whole" work (words, process, images, presentation) than they have been in the past -- I don't know if it's something inherent in the newer work that is drawing them in more often, or what exactly . . . . but it's really nice!

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