Thursday, April 14, 2011
And Now For Something Completely Different
With thanks to Monty Python for the title (hands down, my favourite comedy troupe!) I wanted to give you a peek at what I've been working on the last couple of weeks. I love primitive; love the aged, time worn look, the remembrance of times past, but to be completely honest it does not sell (capital letters, exclamation mark) around my neck of the woods. So I have been working on some decidedly unprimitive crafts in preparation for a couple of craft shows that I will be in this spring and summer. What sells here is kitschy, country, whimsical and garden/farm/cabin related. So, since the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again despite failing utterly each time, I've decided to quit bucking the trend and have been working on some (hopefully) appropriate crafts for my area. Here's a wee peek:
my Etsy shop but it is much more whimsical and brightly coloured than my usual fare.
Folk Art From The Harbor and this is the first one I used. Added my own little simple floral border design and think I'll add a wire hanger as well.
Do you find the same thing in your local area, that primitive doesn't sell? I always get the comment that it is "dirty" and folks just don't buy it or even get it when I try to explain the reasoning behind the designs and the aging process. So even though I love the look personally, I have decided that for local artisan and craft shows that I won't do primitive any longer. Some might consider that a 'cop out' or a denial of my 'artistic' viewpoint but at some point in time economics does have to come into play and for me, this is it. I'll be working like mad the next few weeks on my unprim designs so I hope you'll continue to come back to see what I'm up to. Hope you're having a great week and happy crafting, whatever it is you are working on!