My only worry at shows is that all of my merchandise is too expensive for the impulse buyer. I’m an impulse buyer at thes events and would not shell out the $60 – $300 my items demand.
I’ve toyed with producing a line of flatties since I began preparing for shows. In the decoy carving tradition (Not what I do, but it’s a great tradition.) my typical bird would be called a “smoothy” as it has no carved feathers or detail. Two dimesional decoys, painted on a flat board, are called “flatties”. As flatties could double as ornaments I decided to move ahead with developing these.
I’ve created the following birds: Carolina Chickadee, Dark eyed Junco, Red Winged Blackbird, Belted Kingfisher, House Wrens, White Breasted Nuthatch, American Goldfinch, Baltimore Oriole, Northern Cardinal and, of course, common crow.
Materials are Indiana cherry, steel, waxed hemp.
I’m also working on a large piece. Large pieces are fun. They’re slow to sell, but when they do it’s a real thrill.
I came across an old glass dome at the local antique mall. I’m very interested in Kipp Normand‘s arrangements in cases and under glass and decided to develop one of my own.
In my mind many of my carvings are reminiscent of old museums, community nature clubs and curio
cabinet. The only difference is that my birds are carved and not stuffed.
I arranged a pair of House Wrens on a twisted honeysuckle twig within this dome. Tastefully arranged are bits of acorn shells, moss and twigs. The base of the cabinet is Indiana cherry and the drawer has a beautiful sycamore bottom. I think that I’ve pulled off the effect rather well. If time allows (I’ve two more evenings to prepare for this show.) I’ll construct a carrying case so no one has to worry about getting the thing home.
I’ve plans to build another on an ornate base. Again, groupings look great!
I’m not sure how this piece will be priced. That’ll take a bit of cyph’rin’.
Please stop and visit on Friday. My partner in crime, Emily VAnce. (The “A” is intentional) will be sharing the table with her wonderful cards. As she becomes more confident her work just gets better!
My youngest, Phoebe, will be performing her own special fol set with the duo “Pholly”. Pholly has been tearing it up this year with appearances at INDIEana Handicraft Exchange events, the NUVO Fringe Fest Tent and The Louisville Jugband Jubilee. They are to be featured (in a short piece) in Indianapolis Monthly in the next month, or two.
More information about Friday’s Event from the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange website…
The INDIEana Handicraft Exchange will finish out the year with one last “mini” event on Friday, December 4.
The Mass Ave Merchants Association has invited the IHE to participate in their annual First Friday Holiday Hoopla. In conjunction with the gallery openings, sales, parties and other events on Mass Ave, the IHE will have 46 vendors, live music and raffles at the Chatham Center, located just three blocks off of Mass Ave, at the corner of 9th and East.
The way from Mass Ave to the Chatham Center will be lit by the beautiful King’s Park white rainbarrel luminaries. Folks can make the quick walk over from Mass Ave to our building, or they can catch the shuttle, which will be running at no charge that evening for the Holiday Hoopla, and be dropped off directly in front of the Chatham Center. There is also plenty of street parking around the building, should patrons want to drive directly there.
The event will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is FREE and open to all ages. This is a great chance to finish holiday shopping early, and to make sure you get unique, high-quality, handmade gifts. You’ll purchase directly from the artist and will be able to ask questions about the materials and methods used in their creation. Many artists also accept custom orders, so don’t hesitate to inquire if you don’t see exactly what you are looking for.
Bundle up and bring the whole family. We will provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Hope to see you there!
(Note: The Chatham Center is also this year’s location for the Indy Winter Farmers Market. November 14th through April 24th. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)