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It is the last friday of the month again, so the The Merry go round is turning once more. The merry go round group it is a group of artists/crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little about their lives and art. We are group of 11 women from all over the world and are creative with different materials.

 For this last Friday of October the theme is : Do you do fairs/shows?  If so, share some hints and your experience. If not – why not

viltalakim, vilt felt,

Well I used to do some fairs last year, and some were good others not…  I have learned the following things:

  • Do some research on the fair, whom is the public, are there many visitors
  • do they need to pay an entrance fee
  • what are the participation costs
  • will you be getting sales/ responses afterwards too? I mean I give workshops and I tried to sell my items in Amsterdam once… it was 2 hours from my place and normal when I do a local fair I get people coming back to me for a workshop… but this time that didn’t happen  while standing in Amsterdam…
  • make on bag with rope, tie-raps, tape, wire, scissor, washcloth pins, extra paper a marker and add it in your car as last thing so you have it easily at hand when you start emptying the car and starting with setting up your table.  With an empty table you can climb on  t to add some ropes to hang your stuff on. doing so when you have all your stuff on the table isn’t working…
  •  The most important of all, make a test setup setting at home…. picture that and take that picture along so you know exactly where you want to place what, Saves you a lot of decision time at the fair….
viltalakim, felt, vilt,

The trail set up at home

fair in Sittard

  • I always try to offer small workshops at my table… so children (and adults) can make something small for €2,50. takes about 5-10 minutes  and all that time people are standing in front of my table, having plenty of time to see everything..
  • when I don;t have i kids for a workshop I try to keep on felting… people love to see how something is made and start asking questions, when 1 person is standing here, many others will likely to stop and watch too …. and it keeps me bussyand  making new stock , so if you don’t sell much it doesn’t feel as a waisted day
  • Talk to people…. Your stuff will not be sold when you don’t tell people about it. How you made it or what’s the story behind it, you can even start talking about the weather when you see people shivering :)
  • Visit other fairs and try to get on that mailing list too.

You can check more post about my fair experiences by searching my site for  “fairs”.

Meanwhile I am curious to read what other merriers have for experiences…:

Ruth at Birdland Creations - http://insidetheartisan.blogspot.com  

Mariana at Florcita - http://florcita.eu/wordpress/

Agathe at Le Bar du Vent - http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com

Jen at Painted Fish Studio - http://paintedfishstudio.com

Mitsy at ArtMind - http://artmind-etcetera.blogspot.com 

Laura at Blue Terracotta -  http://blueterracotta.com/  

Monika at Red2White - http://red2white.wordpress.com/     

Bethany at Dirksen Dabbles - http://www.dirksendabbles.com/    

Sara at Crafts of Texture - http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com

Samantha at Vintage is for lovers - http://www.vintageisforlovers.com/

A  happy weekend, all!




Merry go round October

Gosh, Is it really the last Friday of the month???? I seam to have missed some days here…. Is het echt al de laatste vrijdag van de maand?

Anyway time for a new merry go round and this month the topic is “ Get out of your comfort zone and try something new”  Thema deze maand is: “Kom uit je vertrouwde omgeving en probeer eens iets nieuws.”

Well as I consider my wetfelting and making flowerarrangings to be my comfortzone, I have tried many things last year. Als ik mijn natvilten en bloemschikken als vertrouwde omgeving beschouw, dan heb ik afgelopen jaar veel nieuwe dingen geprobeerd.

  • I made a mosaique together with my sisters and mother for her birthday. Ik heb voor mijn moeders verjaardag samen met mijn zusjes en moeder een workshop mosaieken gedaan.

  • I teached my self (with you tube)  how to chrochet a granny square and made a huge blanket with it. Ik heb mijzelf (en you- tube) geleerd hoe ik die vierkantjes moest haken en besloot maar meteen met een grote deken te beginnen:)

crochetting , haken,  , Kim Nijsten

  • I tried ceramics at Mitsy’s place twice. Ik mocht ook 2 keer bij Misty komen kleien, heerlijk om te doen!

ceramics, Mitsy, porselain,

  • I had a needle felting evening and learned how to use wire in them. Ook heb ik bij de “toverschuur“een naaldvilt avond gedaan en geleerd hoe draad erin te verwerken

I also tried natural dyeing with Eucalypthus, learned how to wetfelt with raw wool, how to make a jacket, and many other things I am surely already forgotten:) Ik heb ook ervaringen opgedaan met het natuurlijk verven met Eucalypthus, vilten met de ruwe ongewassenvacht, jas leren vilten en heel veel andere dingen die ik zeker ben vergeten:)

But you know what? I love doing different things besides wetfelting. I just need to be carefull I don’t get carried away in it. Otherwise I don’t have time for wetfelting :( Maar weet je wat? Ik vond het prachtig om eens wat nieuws te proberen, Het maakt je blik ruimer. Ik moet alleen goed oppassen dat ik me niet in die nieuwe dingen verlies omdat er dan te weinig tijd voor het vilten heb…

Want to read more about the same topic and see some more? Meer lezen  over dit onderwerp?

Mariana at Florcita – http://florcita.eu/wordpress/
Sara at Crafts of Texture – http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com/
Fabienne at Easterya Jewellery Creations – http://easterya.blogspot.com/
Ruth at Birdland- http://insidetheartisan.blogspot.com/
Agathe at Le Bar du Vent – http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com/
Lily at Lily Pang Art and Design – http://lilypangart.blogspot.com/
Wendren at Wren Design – http://thewrendesign.com/ 

Alison at Tweed Delights – http://idreamoftweed.blogspot.com/
Mitsy at ArtMind – http://artmind-etcetera.blogspot.com/
Please note that we are spread around the globe so our post about this topic may not be the same to everyone….

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