I've written about home shows before, and I even hosted one myself about 3 - 4 years ago. If you'd like to read about HOW to do it, an article was recently published in the inaugural issue of Spool Magazine. I know I've also posted on this blog about home shows. It was time to try another - and so I invited two fellow fiber artists, Rebecca Yeomans (knitted jewelry) and Carol Langer (tapestry handbags) and included my husband's pottery, and my daughter's beaded jewelry. It was a welcoming array of items to please everyone's tastes.
It's time I posted about the success of last week's Scarf It Up! Trunk Show Open House! Two beautiful days with no parking issues (as anticipated), FIVE artists with beautiful work, good traffic, and lots of sales - what could be better?
I'm blessed with a home that has a fairly open floor plan, excellent light sources, flow, and space for a show. There was adequate room for all of us to show our work, circulate with the crowd, and give personal attention to those who needed it.
I set up in stages - beginning days before the show - so my work was everywhere! I made use of tables, counter tops, door hinges, furniture, the piano, grids, busts, mannequins, and more. I've written recently here about using recycled materials for displays. Becky did the same! Here are some photos from our show:
|The entry with Wrapsodies and Shawls|
|The piano (it's in the dining room) displaying Jan Wutkowski's hats from aMuse|
Artisanal Finery, my felted brooches, collars, and mini-wreaths
|The dining room table with neckwraps, hammered shawl pins,|
chokers, and felted bags
|A garden element displaying a variety of cachecols and angel scarflettes|
in the dining room
The dining room table with Rebecca Yeoman's necklaces
in the foreground
|An array of Bloomin' Neck Gardens|
in the kitchen
Shawls and bags on a display rack between the kitchen and family room
Part of my Bargain Bin
My daughter's beaded jewelry on mantle in family room
Beaded Creations' jewelry by Andrea Williams on bookcase cabinet with
a few of my felted brooches
Long scarves on display grid in hallway to porch
|Loopies and Frillies in hallway and on master bedroom door|
Amazing knitted jewelry (necklaces and earrings) by Rebecca Yeomans in living room
|Rebecca Yeoman jewelry on desk in living room|
|One of THREE displays of Carol Langer's tapestery bags - this one|
is in the living room; another was in the middle of the family room, and another
the office area
|Tony Giordano's (my husband's) pottery in living room|
AND I THINK THAT'S IT! I have missed some displays, but I think you get the idea!
We all worked extremely hard to make this show work. We gave door prizes each day, so eight lucky winners were very pleased to have come by. No purchase was required to be a winner! We didn't quite get the traffic we had hoped for, but the bottom line was amazing! Everyone was happy! A good end to this story!
I'm happy to say that I inspired Patt Sheldon to use her whole house for a recent show. Read about it and see photos here.