Very Beautiful Things
Full on into the swing of things for Christmas over here. That’s right, Christmas. As many of you know – I’m a retailer of sorts. In that I am a full-time artisan who mostly sells on-line via my Etsy shop. Come the holiday season, the beginning of spring, mid-summer and fall, I do some shows. I’ve refined (shall we say), my involvement from the hot-mess of shows I did last year. Ah, I was such a newbie to the crafting world then! Still am in many ways – but know enough to surmise that the constant vending life is not for me. Not with 2 littles under 2.
So. I have a wish-list of shows that I want to do yearly, and that list is small. To be honest quite a few of the smaller, less organized shows (however amazing to be a part of from purely an artists’ perspective), are a lot of work with very little pay off. I have bills to pay, mouths to feed and staff to pay. Simply put, it has to be worth my time and money. And then some. I need to make a profit. Crazy talk for an artist right? Well, that’s how I roll and I’ve been inspired by enough entrepreneurs – artists amongst those – to know it can happen. Hard-ass, mofo work, but possible.
Apji Gwenaajwang – ‘The Very Beautiful Things Show‘, curated by Thunderbird Arts is one of those shows. It’s held annually at the historic Gladstone Hotel in Toronto and am I ever proud to be one of the chosen.
As a self-taught, emerging fiber artist, quilter and illustrator, I have developed my skills through practice and as an eager abecedarian of my Anishinaabe elders. It has been a great goal of mine to provide First Nations arts, crafts, languages, ceremonies, traditions and teachings as a gift to be passed on to our children and shared with other cultures – without the appropriation of simply following a trend in design or fashion.
To be welcomed by my community, respected and asked into the fold, is of the upmost honour. The Gladstone is a stunning landmark venue and I can’t wait to take in (and do some of my own Christmas shopping), the beautiful creations in art, fashion craft and design from such cutting edge Anishinaabe artists as David R Maracle and Sage Paul. Those are just a couple, the rest you can check out here.
Where & When?
This weekend! Nov. 18-20, 12-5pm daily. There’s an opening reception Thursday night, of Ancestral Teachings: Contemporary Perspectives. 6pm – 10pm on the 2nd floor gallery. This art exhibition actually runs right through until the 30th of November, with different artists from the Very Beautiful Things Show.