Last weekend, I participated in another crafts market organised by Faszination Handwerk. Markets are held twice a year in differing locations roughly in the Tegernsee-area. This allows for people from Munich to visit without the very high-costs associated with organising such a market in a central location in Munich.
Since we were allocated a corner between two doors, the above became the set-up of my stand. I even managed to eke out a small corner of one of the tables to clamp an embroidery hoop on. Although the lighting was really good, the location was your standard conference building with little to no charm. Since the organisation does not provide tables, we take our own. The above is all our Toyota Auris can hold :). Thanks to your excellent feed-back after last year's Leonhardimarkt, I think I achieved a better overall set-up. My stand was no longer so flat and had more 'explaining' going on regarding time and skill involved. I also added a cheaper category of pendants.
Since the car was really full, I couldn't bring trestles and a slate frame. Instead, I demonstrated some French boutis. I still had the 'heart' kit by Averyclaire. This type of whitework embroidery is both 'large' enough and not too complicated; ideal for demonstration purposes. Unfortunately, people were not at all impressed. Mental note: only bring goldwork.
The show ran for three days and was really well attended. Many of my colleagues reported good sales and/or follow-up trade possibilities. Unfortunately, my embroideries did hardly sell and I did not even recoup my entry fee. I can only hope that there will be follow-up trade this time. Overall feed-back of the visitors was that my embroideries were perceived as being 'foreign' and not of 'local tradition'. Many did not understand what it was all about and were not happy for me to explain. It was generally really hard to get into contact with people about what I make. What they did pick up on was my accent. And some were really not cool about it. I was even asked if I could understand and speak German... I could almost hear grandpa Grimm turn in his grave!
So. I will no longer exhibit at these particular fairs. Costs are too high and I am not a charity. However, I will try to attend at least one local market a year as I do understand that I need to meet the locals. But these markets must have low entry fees. And luckily for me, one such market stood on my doorstep last week! Or at least its organisers did. In May, I will join sculptor Marion Werner and two other artisans at Marion's home at Steingaden for a crafts market. Marion and her husband have been organising these for many years and have built quite a following. I feel honoured that they'll allow me to join them this year! And the entry fee? Two home-made cakes to sell to the visitors. I can live with that :).
Do you teach any online courses? Would love to
Not yet Beth, but I am pondering the idea!
Erica in Alaska
I'd also be interested in an on-line course. That pansy is absolutely gorgeous! Don't forget that there are people out there who love what you do and appreciate your work!
Thank you Erica! I am thinking it over with the pansy. At the moment I am attending a silk shading distance class and that one is not good. I don't want to disappoint people myself and will only launch a class when I am 100% happy with its format.
Oh Jessica! I am so sorry about your disappointing experience! Never mind, your new option sounds much better & friendlier.. I wish you & your cakes much better luck next time! Those who weren't interested in boutis really missed out , as I find it fascinating , & have a couple of books on it.
I think my next local market will be a lot of fun! The ladies and gentleman who visited me last week were really warm people. Fingers crossed!
Oh Jessica, I’m so sorry you had another ‘bad’ experience at a market like this. And incredibly rude too by the sound of thing! So unnecessary. I know giving it another go was probably the right thing to do, but it sounds like the attendees are just not your right clientele. Fingers crossed on the follow ups and I guess lessons learned are always good things to take away with you.
It was just not fun! And it is hard not to despair when the days are that long and people pass you by. But we survived and will keep on trying different things. But not too many at once; I am only human!
Love all of your work Jessica! Sad about the lack of enthusiasm for Boutis. I just taught a class for 21 women here and they loved it. Guess it is unusual here in USA. But there is always something for everyone. Local markets are nice.
It was a real shame Karen! they kept telling me I was doing it wrong. They assumed I was doing monogramming.... But I really loved working your kit and I can't wait to turn my finished embroideries into the sun catcher and the lavender sachet!
Oh yes, Dima, it get's harder and harder to captivate people. And it seems that most do not want to learn or experience anything new. Rather, they want proof of what they have learned or experienced before.
How very disappointing. And how very rude some people are. I'm glad you aren't doing that again. The local one sounds much pleasanter!
Right Rachel! Taking abuse and losing quite a bit of money is not my idea of a life well lived. Marion's concept sounds so much better. And they had made photo albums of her previous events. It looked all warm, happy and relaxed. Really looking forward to it!
Hoi Jessica, mijn ervaring ook in nederland. Kommentaar op je werk, belachelijk dat je zoveel tijd voor zoiets vrijmaakt. Nee, nee, zelf geen tijd om t te doen. Ze verwachten ook dat ze in n workshop van 2 1/2 uur kunnen leren borduren en n spectaculair werkstuk kunnen produceren. Helemaal klaar, dus afgewerkt en bruikbaar. Maar ik vind t heerlijk om te doen: creatief bezig, rustgevend en trots op mezelf als t af is. Gewoon lekker doorgaan met je werk, heerlijk je creatieve ei kwijt kunnen en genieten van je eigen zelfgemaakte werk !
Inderdaad Annelot! Alleen jammer dat er ook gewoon brood op de plank moet :).
Thank you Wendy!
I am very sorry to read about such your experience. It looks that people only want something shining, no matter, if it is goldwork or something with few drops of "gold" polyester. But it is sad that they missed the opportunity to learn something new... Did they managed at least to notice your St. Laurence (I think I see him in the photo)? If no, what were they doing in that market? But the market with two cakes sounds much better, so, I hope, this time you'll have much better experience.
No, that was really strange, people did hardly notice St. Laurence. And he even had a spotlight on him! But then I was told that people did not think he was embroidered. Once he was finished, people don't seem to appriciate how intricate he is. Ah, well, just met one of my fellow artists for the 'two cakes' exhibition and she is really nice as well!
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