Monday, October 31

WIP - Non Jewelry Bead Embroidery Project

Welcome to another Monday everyone and Happy Halloween.  Hopefully your weekend was exciting, mine was productive.  So I guess that's good.

I've been working steadily on my beaded bookmarks and I'm happy to say they are finished.  Now I just need to get my butt in gear on her second project.  I can't wait to show you guys that one, it's pretty neat!

But I am also trying to get some projects done that are a little out of the ordinary for me and they aren't exactly jewelry.  See, I'm trying to get into one of, if not, the biggest art shows that WI has to offer.  People come from all over to exhibit in it.  It's called Art Fair On The Square.  And it's held around the beautiful state capitol building.

From Madison Magazine
Well, I'm actually trying to get into Art Fair Off The Square, which is held during the same weekend but is located Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard,  one of the streets that runs into the capitol square.  Art On the Square is very difficult to get into, open to anyone, and much more expensive.  Art Off the Square is only open to WI residents and is put on by the Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Crafts People.  Now, don't get me wrong, it's still extremely difficult to get into this show, but I feel I might have a better chance if I just have to compete against people from WI.  And every show I go to I hear over and over again, "Why don't you have a booth at Art On The Square?  Your work is definitely worthy."  Well, I guess the answer is, I'm too scared to apply, it's pretty pricey for me, and I know I will have a more difficult time getting in with jewelry.  I mean have you been to a arts/crafts fair recently, everyone and their mothers design some sort of jewelry.  It's an over saturated market.  So I thought if I could deviate away from the jewelry a bit, I might have a better chance.

So I'm working on bead embroidered pictures and other objects.  I just need to get a few items finished in time for the application deadline.  Then I need to step up my photography skills, that's a whole other blog post.

But so far this is what I have for my first embroidered picture.  It's not complicated, just simple for my first attempt, then I'll step it up a notch on the next one.

Hopefully I'll have a little bit of a chance, but I guess if I don't make it it will be a good experience for me and I can always try again next year.

1 comment:

Rose said...

Good luck! I know what you mean about the jewelry market. If I ever wanted to step it up with shows, I'd have to branch out a little bit, too. Best of luck with everything! Even if you don't get in, you'll still have a lot of gorgeous new work to exhibit.

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