I am so scared to tell you this but I have just received a confirmation of my stall for FLARE, contemporary arts and crafts market in this coming November! I am going to show and sell (well hopefully that is) my work to the public for the very first time in my life! OMG! (I’ll be doing only Ripley one)
When I come to think about it, I am actually getting worried a lot. Because I will be back on the course in September which means I will be ultra busy like the last semester. I haven’t got a proper working space at home either. I will be still working on my normal job. I don’t even have much stock of my work! I have concerned if I could possibly make stuff in this situation. However, the main reason I have applied for this event was because of all of these excuses. If I started to say, “when I get my studio done” “when I finish my course” “when I have more free time from my job” “when I practice more” “when I feel more confidence” etc etc, I will never ever get there! So I thought I must put an aim and work toward it. I need to do so now. Yes, I am busy but that is the same as everyone else. Yes, I need to practice more but everyone starts somewhere. Yes, I lack in confidence and it is absolutely nerve racking but who does really care? It’s all up to me if I really want to get out there, try and do my best. My aim is simply just to experience. So that was why. I’m trying to keep focusing on this goal and be positive. I can do this!
I have 15 weeks to prep. I have done a brief planning of what sort of pieces I would produce. I got a public liability insurance, which was totally new to me. I have been listening to other makers for advice, which was great. (Thank you!) I will need to think how to display the stall, pricing, packaging, marketing and so on. Everything is new learning. PDF from Kelly’s E-course will be super useful for this now I am sure. But if you have experienced a similar event and would like to share any tips and advice, please please do! I would really appreciate it.
Woooooo I am going to work hard, but must remember to enjoy myself too! Everything is learning! Hopefully I can keep updated here. Wish me luck!
(p.s. just to note that the above image is the last year's flyer)