What I brought to Craftstravaganza 2016 in St. Paul at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (Progress building) on this lovely 7th day in early May was my fiber art — wool felt flower necklaces, nuno felt fashion scarves made out of silk and wool, needle felted characters, a few pet beds and cat toys.
For weeks leading up to any show, I get all wrapped up in making more items and pricing them specially, building more booth display hardware and planning my setup, picking an outfit and making lists of all of the finer details that I wouldn’t want to overlook. As well as keeping up on all of my online custom orders! This time around, the main new thing that I did about a week before the show was design and build the copper racks (that connect to form an L shape) that you can see in my photos. They are over 5 feet tall so they hold my scarves beautifully! It all comes apart and packs away into a small amount of space which was just as important as the visual aesthetic to me. The two tall mannequins at the front corners of my booth are a new find that I am very excited about because I think they look so professional, AND I can order more — so I think I will. I’m very proud of the whole setup I have going right now!
My best friend was able to come along as my helper and we ended up really enjoying the day together. The art show was a bonus! Because she was there to help out, I got to sneak away from my booth and visit a few of the other artist’s booths which was fun.
Overall it was an inspirational event and the whole day was beautiful. Thank you to everyone who helped make the event possible, those who showed up, and everyone who supports local artists!