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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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"Thank you for the opportunity...looking forward to checking out all the information everyone's accumulated through their years of crafting!"
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Christina L. Towell commented on Heidi E. Mandich's blog post Talbot Street Art Fair - Still a great Indy show after 60+ years
"Enjoyed reading your recap of the Talbot St. show, Heidi...it sounds like they've got it right, especially after all this time and despite the date change.  Thanks for sharing it with us."
Monday
Christina L. Towell commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Naples New Years Show-- A Big Letdown, horrible way to start the year
"Well, good for her...sounds like you're a lucky man on many levels, very sweet."
Jan 13
Christina L. Towell commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Naples New Years Show-- A Big Letdown, horrible way to start the year
"Another fabulously descriptive recap of a less than stellar show.  Sorry you had such a miserable week-end...how did Ellen end up doing?  Sounds like she may have been the winner this time out. Thanks for keeping us in the loop, Nels..."
Jan 11
Christina L. Towell replied to Carol Knox's discussion Drive-By Versus Walk-By for Success of a Gallery
"Once you establish yourself, I don't think it will matter but if it's on a busy street there should be plenty of cars driving by that would take note and make a return visit, don't you think?  Traffic is traffic, either way and…"
Jan 9
Christina L. Towell replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Putting 2016 Secret Santa to Bed
"Cool picture, Brian Broomcorn...glad my gift to you was well received by your spouse.  Happy New Year!"
Jan 9
MANUEL ARRIOLA left a comment for Christina L. Towell
"Thank you for the opportunity. I am a new be and I am looking forward to learning from this site."
Dec 30, 2016
Christina L. Towell commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Great Gulfcoast Art Festival--the best fall festival in Florida
"Thanks, Nels, you always make me feel like I was there...very descriptive and gritty (dusty?)."
Dec 28, 2016
Christina L. Towell commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Peace and love for the holidays and the new year
"Thanks, Connie...wishing you a happy, healthy New Year as well!"
Dec 27, 2016
Christina L. Towell commented on Barry Bernstein's blog post Royal Oak Farmers Market Holiday Show Potentially a Great Show
"So happy to know about this and to read a positive review, Barry.  I live nearby but missed it this year, will look into it for next year, it might be a good fit for me...thanks for this informative critique!"
Dec 23, 2016
Christina L. Towell commented on Reid Watts's blog post A gift for all of you worry warts, pessimists, and grumpy old men
"Thanks, Reid...Happy Holidays to you and yours as well."
Dec 23, 2016

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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 1:22pm on January 20, 2017, Marlene Barnes said…

Thank you Christina. I'm glad to have joined!

At 11:51am on January 20, 2017, Dave Laskowski said…

Thank you for the welcome.

At 12:09pm on January 18, 2017, Loc Tran said…

If you ever want to know about the t-shirt biz, feel free to ask. I feel very fortunate for having falling into the business by accident.  But eventually I would like to do some art fairs too... hopefully sooner than later.

At 11:49am on January 18, 2017, Loc Tran said…

Thank you Christina! I've been reading this site for a couple of years now and I thought I should finally start contributing. Although I'm not an 'art fair artist'... I have been doing something similar... I screen print my designs on t-shirts and sell via wholesale and retail events. There are lots of similarities from a business standpoint although I think you guys have it much harder. :) 

At 11:42am on January 18, 2017, natalie beglen said…

Thank you!

At 11:06am on January 16, 2017, Karen Lilla said…

Thank you for the opportunity...looking forward to checking out all the information everyone's accumulated through their years of crafting!

At 2:42pm on December 30, 2016, MANUEL ARRIOLA said…

Thank you for the opportunity. I am a new be and I am looking forward to learning from this site.

At 1:18am on December 21, 2016, Joshua Bradley said…
Thanks for the warm welcome.
At 8:26pm on November 30, 2016, Janice Paine Dawes said…
Thank you for the warm welcome! Looking forward to getting involved in the community.
At 12:17pm on November 11, 2016, Megan Winn said…

Thank you very much for the welcome, Christina! I appreciate all of the great info that this site provides. Warm regards, Megan

 
 
 

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