Happy Embroidery Artist
After a successful vernissage and first exhibition weekend, I am a very happy (but incredibly tired!) embroidery artist. It all started in earnest last Thursday with me carefully packing all my embroideries and with my husband puzzling hard to make it all fit into our little red car. We left right after breakfast on Friday morning and drove the 30 minutes to the Dorfmuseum in Roßhaupten. In the meantime, I had seen the first newspaper article on my upcoming vernissage and exhibition.
I and my husband unloaded the car and started to unwrap all my embroideries. As my exhibition is hosted in two very large and beautiful rooms at the museum, I decided to place the pieces along all walls before actually hanging them. My nearly 10 years of art embroidery were barely enough to fill the two rooms! But before we could actually start hanging the pieces, the people of Allgäu TV arrived for an interview in front of the camera.
Little did I knew that 'in front of the camera' indeed means that the machine sits just inches away from your face. Pretty uncomfortable. And so weird to see myself on film! Here is a link to the video. The interview with me is in the last five minutes. I am so pleased they really took the time to introduce my latest piece 'On the shores of St. Nick'. I was also able to address the whole 'I am officially not an artist' issue. Unfortunately, they did get their embroidery techniques quite wrong :).
During the filming, my husband kept hanging my embroideries: He did a great job! As things always take longer than you think, the organiser of the art exhibitions cooked us an excellent lunch. After that, we returned home for a short nap and some much-needed freshening-up before the vernissage later that day.
There were about 25 people attending my vernissage and my speech was very well received. I was able to point out my difficulties with being recognised as an artist and the whole craft versus art debate. As there were several journalists among the attendees, this point will certainly get some attention. And I was especially pleased to see five people from Bad Bayersoien attending, as well as my sister-in-law with husband and youngest son, my framer and his wife and Petra from the eco-store I love to shop at.
And then ... it happened ... I sold my first piece !!! So incredibly grateful. I had such lovely chats with my visitors. They were all so impressed by my work. They had never seen anything like it. And more than one told me that my pieces are so beautiful that they made them feel happy. What a lovely compliment.
During the next two days, the exhibition was open between 15-18 hours. Quite a few people came through the door. Tourists and locals in equal measures. And some even came both days and brought more family and friends along. How cool is that?!
And then ... it happened again ... I sold two more pieces! Still doing a happy dance :). And with two more weekends to come, I am pretty confident that I will sell some more pieces. But first I am hoping for a few long nights in order to lose the bags under my eyes ...
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! How wonderful Jessica and so deserved. You stitch so beautifully and your pieces are a work of art and are to be treasured for generations to come. I am sure you will sell more before the exhibit is over.
Thank you so much Sue!
I am very happy that it turned out so well! Congratulations!
Thank you so much Irene!
Congratulations Jessica. To your fans and followers you are an artist!
Thank you Margaret! I really hope so. I was even able to address the existence of the Society of Embroidered Work and their upcoming exhibition in London.
Nancy Anne White
Congratulations! I’m so excited for you! Newspaper and TV attention. So many nice people, wonderful feedback and some sales! Wow!
Thank you Nancy Anne! I really hope so. It was quite telling that none of the visitors had ever seen this type of embroidery. It was clear to all that this is indeed art :)!
Hoi Jessica, wat geweldig, gefeliciteerd! Verdiend succes! En een leuk artikel in de krant erbij. Succes ook voor de komende weekenden.
Dank je wel Monica! Ik vond het vooral leuk om te lezen dat ik een Nederlandse Oberbayerin ben. Goed geintegreerd lijkt me zo!
Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. What pieces did you sell? Did it feel hard to let them go?
Thank you Marina! The pieces which have sold so far are a bit of a surprise to me: Female Nature from 2013, a whitework piece I made for Sharon Boggon's course 'Sumptuous Surface Embroidery'. It is rather a sloppy stitched doodle, but really popular with the visitors. I also sold the chicken with her chicks. That's surface embroidery with silk ribbon and silk chenille. It is a former workshop piece. However, it wasn't popular with students as I never actually ran the workshop. The pattern was also published in a Dutch textile magazine; no interest either. Weird! And I also sold a simple goldwork with beetle-wings beetle. Since they were all rather small doodle-like pieces, it was not hard at all to let them go.
I do like chickens and chicks - can I find them in your Archives? And congratulations on the sales and on the exhibition. I am sure that one day embroidery will be recognised as an art form - how can it NOT be one!?
Here's a link to the pin on my Pinterest Elaine:https://www.pinterest.de/pin/531917405984569415/
How wonderful, Jessica! And now ... it's time to publish a fully illustrated book! (Yes, I'm serious. Not excessively time-consuming: you have your blog, your photos and your courses.) It would be fascinating to read and joyous to exclaim over the pictures (your private viewers said how happy your embroideries made them)!!!
Thank you Cathy! Maybe I'll do a book at some point. However that will need some convincing as I really hated the self-publishing process of my doctoral thesis ...
Congratulations on your exhibition and sales! I love all of your work. YES...you are definitely a true artist! I wish you great success. Hugs!
Thank you very much Karen!
Thank you very much Terri!
Thank you very much Meri!
So many congratulations! I'm so pleased for you!
Thank you very much Rachel!
Jessica, wat n succes ! Ik ben benieuwd naar nwe detail opnames en uitleg over t maken van St Niklaas. Ik vond de achtergrond zoo mooi worden met die eenvoudige steken en wrsch gemêleerd garen. Veel mensen willen toch iets in t echt zien voor ze kopen. Zo krijg je ook in je omgeving meer bekendheid: mond op mond reclame. Ik vind het heel fijn voor je! Geniet ervan
Dank je wel Annelot! Ja, al die media-aandacht is prachtig. Vooral omdat de lokale krant hier toch het medium bij uitstek is om mensen te bereiken. Ze zijn hier niet zo van het digitale :).
Thank you very much Catherine!
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