To Market, To Market…
So I’m nutters. It’s official. Most of you may have noticed that in lieu of the huge summer projects that I have on the go, that le petite reve has been put on hold until the fall. Big, huge, time-waffling projects. The most important one being, which I LOVE – my growing baby, my sweet WSL. The other biggie is that festival you’ve all heard me blather on about, the Eaglewood Folk Festival. I’m on the Board, I’m the Volunteer Coordinator to over 100 peeps, I fundraise, I design, I implement, I do, do, I do. It has been rewarding in many ways, but it’s time to move on and this will be my last year. I have a family now and a new business to get off the ground. Dreams to make reality. O yea, we were also on tour for most of the summer with the BSM and the band he slaps serious funky, sexy bass for, Digging Roots. It helps that they are family of the non-blood kind and that available internet and and king size beds for co-sleeping families were written into their Tech Riders. Ha, Ha.
Speaking of which…a few weeks ago my beautiful songbird hit my email inbox with this little diddy. She said I should apply. With a due date the day before the festival I thought, no way! I don’t have enough sample product! All I have are ideas, research, plans, goals, materials, designs, etc. Well. The more I thought about it, the more consumed I got with really feeling like this is a golden opportunity that I should not pass up. This diddy that I speak of? In case you didn’t hit the embedded link above, I’ll tell you. It’s an amazing opportunity to submit for the Distillery Art Market on home-base (T-Dot).
From the application on-line:
‘The Distillery Historic District‘ has been labeled as a “must-visit” location by the New York Times, Frommer’s, Toronto Life and The Globe and Mail. The 13-acre arts and entertainment district comprises more than 40 heritage buildings and 10 streets and is the largest collection of Victorian era industrial architecture in North America. The Distillery Historic District attracts between 2,000 – 5,000 tourists and Torontonians each weekend –providing a fantastic opportunity for creators to sell their work, expand their contact list and network with other creators in a completely unique outdoor exhibition environment. Visitors to The Distillery Historic District are typically urban professionals and families with mid-high average household income.”
So. For all of those reasons I already knew (but maybe you didn’t), I have decided to bite the bullet, burn the midnight oil (I actually work at my creative best during the wee moonlit hours). This in conjunction with the hours and hours of email and phone communication and admin work it takes to pull of Eaglewood, wowzers. Speaking of which – it’s only 3 sleeps away! Geee Willers! Yes, you can get your tickets here, and yes it kicks butt as far as Folk Festies go. Sayin’. It’s been go time people. I mean, the WSL still wakes up in the night to nurse, and he’s teething. WHOOEEeeEE! My friends and family have been more support than I ever could have imagined and we are both so truly grateful for the all of visits, the cleaning, the babysitting, the meal preparations, etc. it takes to help us run our household while we put our noses to the grindstone. (I know, how many more cheesy analogies can I cram into this paragraph, right? Lots. Don’t test me!)
I’m submitting as a craftsperson (yes, it’s a category); more specifically a fiber artist (dreamcatcher mobiles and baby/kidlet toys), painter (creative word art) and designer (decor items, like pillows). Here’s a little peek of a Baby Dreamcatcher Mobile in the works. I also make them for the big kids too. In my world, this means children and adults. Enough of my droning here, I have work to do! Wish me (us) luck!