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Kaytee Sumida
  • Female
  • San Diego, CA
  • United States
  • beadwork/fiber
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Comic Con International Art Show 2017

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kaytee Sumida Jul 13, 2017. 3 Replies

The CCI Art Show has moved to the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in the Grand Hall C & D. Ground floor. There is slightly more space, and the configuration allows more tables (for 3D art),…Continue

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Kaytee Sumida replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"That seems to be the problem a lot of guilds, charities and other non-profits have. More and more work to do, and fewer people willing and able to pitch in. :(  Too many expect "somebody else" to do it. The ones who try to support and…"
Jun 24
Kaytee Sumida replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
""How about an addendum to the show contract... if the promoter lets in the "vendors...etc" we get our booth fee back?" That would be OK for local exhibitors-- but what about those who have traveled quite a ways, and have paid for…"
Jun 23
Kaytee Sumida replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"You had said in your previous post to "look up the def of vendor in Wikipedia". I did-- that's a quote from that Wikipedia page. Sellers are vendors, whether they sell their own work or somebody else's. Artists may or may not…"
Jun 22
Kaytee Sumida replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"OK, Mr. Artist-not-a-vendor... At the time of my first show... my "studio" was our dining room table, its "rent" was included in the mortgage we were paying, and I didn't have a website (and was still complaining about my…"
Jun 21
Kaytee Sumida replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"Did any of us make profit on our first shows?     Yes. Not much, but I wasn't in the red. Even adding in all expenses (including McD's for my kids after the show). ...it is possible some will have a temporary loss.   …"
Jun 21
Kaytee Sumida replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
""Vendors sell corn dogs and popcorn."  Fixed that for you. If you are in the business of art-- you sell, either the artworks or the service of teaching art or making art to order. If it's "just a hobby"-- you can…"
Jun 21
Kaytee Sumida replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vendor ... means anyone who provides goods or services to another entity. Vendors may sell B2B (business-to-business; i.e., to other companies), B2C (business to consumers), or B2G (business to government). Some vendors…"
Jun 21
Kaytee Sumida replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
""Even if the show runs at a slight loss, don't let the lower standard in. " Loss for whom? And what do you consider "slight"? Vendors and promoters/organizers operating on a thin margin can't afford a loss-- and the…"
Jun 21
Kaytee Sumida replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Effect change at Fine Art Shows
"The "only" way to do it, would be to do it yourself. Either personally (hard to do, even if you have the time, money, experience, etc.) or via a guild/other group (still not easy). Promoters of events have the job to sell space-- when not…"
Jun 20
Kaytee Sumida replied to Emily Dies's discussion Art Show Piece Advice
"It all depends on the show... and the demographics and tastes of the attendees. There's no one true, universal answer."
Apr 1
Kaytee Sumida replied to Ginny Waters's discussion Hi guys
"There are quite a few "comic cons" now-- Comic Con International is the oldest/largest. Dragon Con is a large sci-fi con in Atlanta; WesterCon is a large western US con; World Con can be just about anywhere world-wide-- all these have art…"
Mar 23
Kaytee Sumida replied to Ginny Waters's discussion Hi guys
"The links make my security program "scream"..... However, you might want to check if there are any near-by sci-fi/comic conventions with art shows coming up. Steampunk is still doing well at them, and ceramic pieces would be…"
Mar 22
Kaytee Sumida replied to Ginny Waters's discussion Hi guys
"The links make my security program "scream"..... However, you might want to check if there are any near-by sci-fi/comic conventions with art shows coming up. Steampunk is still doing well at them, and ceramic pieces would be…"
Mar 22
Kaytee Sumida commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Absolute Best Way to Ship Art? and the consequences
"I've seen them used by a few artists, with "high end", framed work-- worth it, it your sales are in that category. More of those I've seen, have used the "double box trick", though, and that also works well. Keeps the…"
Feb 10
Kaytee Sumida commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Absolute Best Way to Ship Art? and the consequences
"Connie:https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-17580/Artwork-Shippers/17-x-22-1-2-x-3-350-lb-Deluxe-Artwork-Shipper This is an example. They can be re-used. You also can "make your own", by double boxing with PM boxes (med inside a large,…"
Feb 8
Kaytee Sumida commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Absolute Best Way to Ship Art? and the consequences
"Sonia-- had that "we don't GUARANTEE a 3-day delivery for Priority" experience for something I sent to my sister. It was an info packet/worksheet for breast cancer follow-up/care to take to her post surgical appointment. It should…"
Feb 8

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Your Medium
beadwork/fiber
Years in the Art Fair Business
18
First show ever
1997
What is your website?
http://simplexities.com
What are the best things about art fairs
meeting people who love handcrafts-- both makers and buyers.
Best show ever and why
Comic Con art shows-- don't have to "sit" at a booth... set up is for 4 days, with sales/paperwork/security covered by the staff, the crowd (and staff) is fun, and I've never had anything "evaporate" at those shows (which has happened at every other venue I've tried).
Worst show ever and why
the one at a local school-- i went to their "preview for the news" session-- had a ring stolen by one of the kids pulled to "look like shoppers". Then, what was SUPPOSED to be "local handcrafts" (per the application), was over half buy-sell/MLM vendors. Hard to compete with "everything $5" jewelry and $10 t-shirts. Sold nothing, and was out the time, application fee, and the stolen ring.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I've been on the email list for a long time-- not sure how I found out about it originally.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
?? Probably depends on what you consider "fun"....

Comment Wall (2 comments)

At 9:43am on August 29, 2015, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Kaytee,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're so pleased to have you join us here and hope you'll find the site helpful, inspiring and fun!  Thanks for signing up and continued success.

At 12:13am on September 2, 2015, Connie Mettler said…

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