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Christina L. Towell
  • Ferndale, MI
  • United States
  • Fiber
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Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Started Dec 8, 2014 0 Replies

Well, I went, I saw, I was underwhelmed...not to say that there wasn't some really unusual, creative and interesting stuff there, there was but as far as fiber artists, I only saw one booth that had…Continue

Ridge Fine Art & Handmade Wares Show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Nov 26, 2014. 3 Replies

I attended this show last saturday, November 22nd, which happened to be right next door to where I live in the basement of a Presbyterian church.  As inauspicious as this sounds, it was truly a…Continue

Maybe Next Time?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christina L. Towell Oct 21, 2014. 15 Replies

So, I recently applied for my first big juried Craft Fair and waited for what seemed like an eternity for them to close the application process and let me know whether I was in or out.  In fact, I…Continue

Tags: not getting into the show, rejection

Hot Fun in the Summertime

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Sorbini Apr 22, 2014. 17 Replies

Just out of curiosity, what shows / art fairs are you most looking forward to doing this year and why?  Are there some that you intentionally avoid?  How come?  Continue

 

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Kyle Wilson left a comment for Christina L. Towell
"Howdy Christina! Thanks you so much for the warm welcome!"
Tuesday
Christina L. Towell commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"Not really, but I'm still struggling with finding my niche market and just selling as much as I can at the current price points.  Once I become more established in this area, I might adjust the prices on some items accordingly.…"
Monday
Christina L. Towell commented on Nels johnson's blog post Halifax Art Fest—Daytona Beach—easy-peezy but do not drive a long way to do it
"Love your reviews, Nels, great to have you back and "bloggin" again!  Glad this was a good one for you too..."
Nov 13
Christina L. Towell commented on Geoff Coe's blog post Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival (Oct. 28-29, 2017): "Soft Launch" to FL season is DOA
"I'm a fan of your critiques, Geoff, wonderful to hear from you and to read all the responses that your blog generated as well...thanks!"
Nov 13
Tracy Reid left a comment for Christina L. Towell
"Thanks, Christina, actually , I have been a subscriber for a number of years, just never got around to becoming a member.  I am one of those "oldies" who started doing shows in 1979 !!  Have been through a lot of ups and downs,…"
Nov 11
Jack Reusser left a comment for Christina L. Towell
"Hello Christina, thank you for welcoming me. Looking forward to learning more about using this site and the up coming shows, Jack Reusser "
Nov 8
Christina L. Towell commented on JEFF LEEDY's blog post Tell me the truth. Are Art Shows dying or not?
"Ha,ha...great observations. I just moved in to a brick and mortar artist market, curious to see how I'll do. Also have stuff in a Holiday Market until the end of December...maybe that's a viable option, will let you know how it goes."
Nov 7
Christina L. Towell commented on JEFF LEEDY's blog post Tell me the truth. Are Art Shows dying or not?
"You asked a interesting question, Jeff, and got a terrific dialogue going...good reading and hopefully some answers too."
Nov 6
John Manzoni left a comment for Christina L. Towell
"Thank you Christina , I appreciate it :)"
Oct 29
Christina L. Towell commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Pink Palace Craft Fair, Memphis, Tennessee, Oct 13,14, 15
"I would think that a city like Memphis would have a more prestigious show, maybe River Arts is the one.  Let us know if you decide to try it and the outcome...always enjoy your show reviews."
Oct 27
Christina L. Towell commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Pink Palace Craft Fair, Memphis, Tennessee, Oct 13,14, 15
"Thanks, Margaret, enjoyed your recap of this show.  It's a sad state of affairs that promoters feel the need to include buy/sell to an "art" show...do you think you'd ever try it again?"
Oct 27
Bill Posner left a comment for Christina L. Towell
"Thanks for the welcome I'm just now looking around the site, :) Bill"
Oct 21
Christina L. Towell commented on Britt Hallowell's blog post Bethesda Row Arts Festival Review, October 14-15
"Very complete and comprehensive critique, Britt, thanks so much for all the detailed information. Glad that you did well and plan to return next year..."
Oct 20
Christina L. Towell commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Review: Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson TX
"Great recap, Melanie, thanks for sharing..."
Oct 16
Christina L. Towell commented on Connie Mettler's blog post My Mistake! Please Resume Normal Activity
"Sounds good, thanks..."
Oct 16
Mary Britsch left a comment for Christina L. Towell
"Thanks, Christina!  This site is the most helpful I have found for helping us grow and make smart investments in display materials without breaking the bank. "
Oct 9

Profile Information

Your Medium
Fiber
Years in the Art Fair Business
Three
First show ever
The Old Granary ~ A Gathering on the Lawn ~ 2011
What is your website?
http://Handbasket Originals on Etsy
What are the best things about art fairs
Networking, meeting and talking with buyers, connecting with other artists, selling.
Best show ever and why
D.I.Y. Festival in Ferndale, MI
Great show, lots of people, food, and quality art.
Worst show ever and why
Strawberry Festival in Coldwater, MI
Lots of people but only interested in food and junk.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Constance Mettler / Art Fair Newsletter Editor
What is one fun fact about yourself?
My alter ego and business name is Helena Handbasket...pronounced Hell in a Handbasket.

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Thanks and Giving Artist Market - Pleasant Ridge, MI

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 9:59am 9 Comments

This was my first real show and I didn't really know what to expect.  I was attracted to it because it's close to home, the booth fee was only $30, which included one 6' table and two chairs and I was able to bring along another table of my own.  The show hours were also appealing, 6 to 9 on Friday evening and 10 to 4 on Saturday.  So, not a huge investment, great location, affluent area...all good, right?

So, on Friday evening they had appetizers and wine for show-goers and…

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Funky Ferndale, D.I.Y. and Rust Belt Market

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 9:42am 7 Comments

Well, Funky Ferndale was indeed funky, exciting and chock-a-block with art lovers last week-end.  The D.I.Y. Art Fair takes place east of Woodward Ave. on Nine Mi.Rd. (in Ferndale, MI) and extends on through the city's library parking lot.  I don't believe this is a juried art fair but I could be wrong about that...it is, however, delightfully quirky and attracts hordes of Ferndale hipsters and arty types.  On the other side of Woodward, also on Nine Mi.Rd., is the juried Funky Ferndale Art…

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What Am I Doing This Week-End...I Thought You'd Never Ask

Posted on July 26, 2015 at 9:11am 2 Comments

Maybe I missed it but I couldn't find the discussion on What Are You Doing This Week-End, so I decided to start my own...on Friday I had a consultation with my Art Mentor, Andrea Rosenfeld.  For those of you not familiar with her, she started the Detroit Art and Business Institute (D.A.B.I.) and works with artists to help them with the business side of art, something I clearly need help with...so with her good advice, I'm off and running.  In fact, I was contacted on Saturday by someone I…

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How's Your Day Today...How's Your Day Tomorrow?

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 5:01pm 4 Comments

My two-year old grandson likes to ask the question," how's your day today, grandma?"  "How's your day tomorrow?"  We're tickled that not only is he concerned about how our day is going but that he's thinking ahead to tomorrow as well.  This query caused me to think about the general status of Art Fairs 2015.  How is it going so far for those of you out on the road and have you been able to predict how it will be "tomorrow"?

Is the concensus one of a general uptick in the…

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At 4:44pm on October 18, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Christina.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

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At 8:56pm on October 22, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

Hello Tina and welcome to AFI.

At 7:21pm on November 18, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

So, that is what happened. I saw something as I was scrolling through and thought to go back and then today it was gone. Right. That is the kind of stuff that goes in a group. Thanks for catching that.

At 9:42pm on April 23, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

Tina, here is a show in Dexter, Michigan that looks like a show you might like to try:

https://www.facebook.com/ArtontheFarm

At 10:00am on July 22, 2014, Lindsey Lehman said…

Hi Christina! Thank you so much! It was so nice to be welcomed with such a pleasant message. My two businesses are both handmade items by me, but one is more crafty than artistic. I make all natural, organic Bath & Body products, and sterling silver and gemstone wire wrapped jewelry. I also like to paint and throw pottery, but do both as hobbies and don't sell my work in those mediums. It looks like you do some very nice fiber art!

At 10:34am on July 23, 2014, Josephine dakers-Brathwaite said…

Hi Christina,

Thank you for such a warm welcome.  I look forward to being part of this artist community.  My business is both quilting projects, as well as felted accessories including nuno scarves, small wallets, smartphone cases, etc.  I also do some knitting at times, but lately prefer to focus more on felting.  I have done a few small shows where i exhibited along with a cousin who is a jewelry artist.  I'm looking foward to participating in a much larger outdoor event in Oct at Lincoln Center in NY, where you get thousands of locals, tourist, etc passing through.  I do hope it will be successful, thus lead me to do more in the future.  I'm also selling on my own website now, and plan to expand onto Etsy in the future which brings a broader audience. thanks

At 10:16am on July 31, 2014, Juju Maudlin said…
Hi Christina,

Big thanks for checking out my site and also for the feedback! I am still new to fiber and felting (just about a year), having transitioned out if ceramics. To say that I am unsure of myself would be an understatement. I did one juried show last year vut for scarves....haven't yet tried to sell these bowls because I have been busy trying to learn what is possible with these. But i do hope to have enough inventory to start applying to juried shows next year. So being part of this group will very helpful! Cheers!
At 10:21am on August 6, 2014, Tomboy Pretty said…

Thank you for the welcome! 

At 11:03am on August 12, 2014, Lynnea Bennett said…

thanks for the welcome and compliments on my work.. I'm learning as fast as I can!

At 10:36am on August 16, 2014, Michael D Wilcox said…

Christina, Thanks for the welcome.  I checked my website and it is working correctly but unfortunately I typed in the wrong URL on my information.  I have corrected it so it will show correctly.

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