Saturday, January 31

Getting Ready for the Show Season

So I've decided this year to start entering jurried shows. I really had a hard time selling anything last time. I had plenty of people tell me my work was beautiful, then they would look at the price, put it down, smile, and walk away, and I'm sure laughed about my prices with their friends. But that's what I get when I only enter non juried local shows. You know the ones where people are only willing to pay a couple of bucks for anything, and $30 is way to much for a beaded bracelet with sterling silver components. So this year I've gotten the nerve to enter a little bit higher class shows.

The last few days I've been trying to figure out which pieces I should use for my jury photos. I set everything up and tried to take my beast pictures. These are a few of the ones I have so far. I personally think the gray background washes out some of them out, so I'm off to the craft store to get some more scrap booking paper to redo all of them.

This is honestly very hard for me. I'm not a real great photographer and I cannot afford to pay anyone to take them for me. So hopefully I'll be able to get three good ones this afternoon.

These pictures are the ones of my necklaces. I think I'm going to go with my Sea Shore necklace. It's really hard for me to narrow them down. I know they are going to judge me on the three pictures I pick.

So I think I'm going to go with my Sea Shore necklace, my Art Deco Challenge cuff (Latte at Hotel Mercedes), and my blue beaded hoops with the lampwork beads. I think these represent my work pretty well.

I go back and forth in whether my stuff is good enough for a juried show. Some days I think I have very good pieces, and then other days I feel like I am just adequate and there is no way that I'll be able to make into any shows. I actually had someone I work with tell me she didn't think I had a chance at getting into one of the shows I was applying for. Yeah, thanks for being my friend. So I'm just going to apply and let happen what every happens. What's the worst that can happen, I'll be rejected. That's fine. I think I've come to terms with that.

So hopeful I'll have some new pictures by tomorrow so we can all compare them. I'm off to the store right now.


The Bead Doodler said...

I love this art deco bracelet. The closure is truly unique.

GAGAY said... not really on wearing bracelets, but these looks awesome!


Hot Rocks said...

Your necklaces and cuff bracelet are fantastic, and I am sure you will get accepted into the show. I think some people do not realize the amount of time that goes into creating some very unique pieces of jewelry...hence the price that they pay for something original and one of a kind will be higher than mass produced items at the mall! I think having people that appreciate the work that goes into these pieces will make a difference in your sales. Good luck!

Three Fates said...

Thank you all for the nice comments.

I'm hoping the higher end shows will have have customers that understand the difference between handmade and mass produced.

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