Volume 10, Number 107
In this issue:
Kristen Treuting: Nature's Own
The Bulletin Board: News From Northern Dipper
It's Showtime: Booth Essentials!
Out Of The Mailbag, Gourd Sightings & Trivia
The Bulletin Board
Spring is right around the corner and this is the season when Northern Dipper plans their workshop schedules.
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Gourd Seeds Available!
Gourd seeds are extremely popular with both gardeners and artists alike. Once established, gourds add interest to any garden. Seeds will be ready to ship in the last week of February.
Check out the selection at:
Big Sale on Philodendron Sheaths
We have too many in stock and want to clear them out.
Regular price: .75 each
Sale Price: .25 each
To learn more click here:
Within One Drop
"I try to use the gourds I grow as much as possible in my work. I find the entire process, from planting to harvesting, from cleaning to creating into a new art form so amazing and gratifying."
"My mother taught me a sense of seeing things in creative ways. She provided me with a love of art and history knowledge."
"I took art classes throughout high school. In college I majored in art education but ended up as a special education teacher."
"Over the years I've dabbled with photography, sewing, book arts and box making,
but found my artistic niche
"My greatest challenge is my obsession with working on
my gourds and needing to
see them finished. I can get lost for hours, forgetting to
tend to daily chores or getting enough sleep."
Advice For New Artists
"Never be afraid to try new things. Mistakes often can lead to new discoveries or at least become avenues for creative problem solving."
"I have often changed a design in the middle of a project because of a mistake and preferred the new, unexpected result. A dropped or cracked gourd can become a mask or a totally different design."
"Also remember that there is no such thing as perfection - any gourd will tell you that!"
"The role of the artist and art in society to engage and expand the visual experience of the audience. Challenging viewers to look, think, feel and respond in new ways is also important and powerful."
"I am retiring from teaching in early 2014. I am hoping to have much more time to work on my gourd art and explore
more opportunities to exhibit my work in galleries and shops. I also hope to attend more gourd festivals. Taking classes is something I look forward to as well."
It's Showtime -
When you are starting out the chances are great that your booth will be small. Booth fees are expensive and the amount of inventory needed to fill a large booth can be daunting. With the right moves, no matter what the size of booth, it can be visually-appealing and attract lots of traffic.
The purpose of a well-designed booth is to:
- Attract customers.
- Show your work at its best.
- It must fit your budget.
There are 4 basic booth designs that people use.
1.) U-shaped booth - This is very common. The product is displayed along the back and side walls and the front are open for the customers.
2.) L-shaped booth - The back wall and one side wall is for product - the opposite side wall and front are open. Usually vendors use a table as well in this type of booth. A corner booth is a good example of a L-shaped design.
3.) The front-counter booth - The table is in front and you sell from behind the table. Maximize the table surface by using risers.
4.) The Island booth - Tables are set up in the middle of what is usually a large booth. All four sides are open in an island booth. This type of booth is not conducive for displaying product but it is perfect for food vendors who have samples they want the public to try.
Whatever style of booth you choose make sure that it has a good traffic flow to it.
- When preparing for a show (no matter the type or big or small) make sure you have a checklist you follow. There is nothing worse than getting to a show and forgetting something. It just costs you time, money and aggravation.
- Take all the show paperwork with you including the information of your booth and electrical forms that show proof of payment. Keep them close at hand as you may need them.
- At some shows you will be given an allotted time to unload your vehicles. Do not be late otherwise you will lose your spot and may have to wait hours for another time. Be quick and efficient when
you unload. Take a dolly just in case none are available.
- Once in, take a few minutes to organize yourself. It will make set-up a lot smoother.
Finally, make sure to take water, food and coffee or tea with you. Take breaks to recharge (it will calm frayed nerves) and pace yourself. You will have a long road ahead of you (some shows run 7 - 10 days) and apart from the daily tweaking that occurs, it is during set-up that you want to get your booth just right.
Out Of The Mailbag
How are you doing? I just wanted to show you the first gourd art I created. I hope you like it. Shaun Wallington
This clock is really lovely with the two koi swimming through the passage of time. Thanks for sending this in. Carolyn
Hi Carolyn and Linda,
My newest endeavor is the Orca whale. The gourd came from your farm in the box I received for my birthday.
The base is called monkey wood from the Philippines. It was given to me as a piece of junk - "One man's junk is another man's treasure!"
I hope you like the Orca.
Dave Bradshaw, Timberlea, NS
Well Dave I can see that you've been busy. Love the Orca - you've captured the markings exactly. No one would believe that this is actually a gourd. Very nice work Dave.
It's A Dog's Life
The Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show has opened its door to mixed breed competitors. Until now, no mixed breeds have been allowed in the 138 year history of this elite event.
Three new breeds have been added as well. They are: the Rat Terrier, the Chinook and the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno.
To learn more about the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show click here:
Music Pick of the Month
The Artist: Rokia Traore
To learn more about Rokia Traore click here:
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