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Olive Parker
  • Stevensville, MT
  • United States
  • Carved and painted leather jewelry…
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New Leather Artist from Montana - Hello

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Apr 12, 2013. 13 Replies

I am glad to have found this site.  I am new to the Art Fair world and hope to discover which shows would be the best for my kind of work, and to develop a strategy around where I choose to exhibit.…Continue

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Olive Parker commented on Connie Mettler's group SW Artists
"Yes, Richard also invited me.  I have not traveled to the SW yet to do shows, and joined hoping to learn more about shows to travel to in the winter months.  I'm in Montana."
Dec 7, 2015
Olive Parker commented on Connie Mettler's group SW Artists
"I received an email invitation."
Dec 6, 2015
Olive Parker replied to Tina Pietsch's discussion Amazon takes on Square
"Don't waste your time with Amazon Local Register.  I wanted to take advantage of their promotional offer for 0% at a 5 day show in Tacoma.  Never could get it set up right with multiple calls to their customer service.  I was…"
Oct 30, 2014
Olive Parker replied to Joel Lockridge's discussion Square vs. Amazon Local Register
"I've had a similar experience.  I was offered 0% processing to try Amazon as a vendor at a gift show in Tacoma.  It took 3 weeks to set up the account due to their technical difficulties, also had trouble uploading then faxing in my…"
Oct 30, 2014
Olive Parker commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Podcast: Credit Card Processing for "Mobile Merchants" 101
"Can we listen to it live?  If so, how?"
Apr 25, 2013
Richard L. Sherer replied to Olive Parker's discussion New Leather Artist from Montana - Hello
"I don't belong to the jewelry group so will post this here. Two major suppliers in the southwest are Rio Grande in Albuquerque. NM and Indian Jewelery Supply in Gallup, NM. They also buy back scrap. The former has a lot of classes at the Tucson…"
Apr 12, 2013
Olive Parker replied to Olive Parker's discussion New Leather Artist from Montana - Hello
"Thank you for the Welcome Ruth!  I live south of Missoula about 3.5 hours from Spokane.  I have applied to Whitefish, Big Fork and Kalispell - all are in western Montana and about 3 hours away.  I think this year I will keep it fairly…"
Apr 12, 2013
Olive Parker replied to Olive Parker's discussion New Leather Artist from Montana - Hello
"Thank you Jonna!  Some day, when I am able to take longer road trips, I'd like to do a show in the Fort Worth area, or shows in Texas that have a western flair.  Right now, I have to still look after the animals, and figure out how to…"
Apr 12, 2013
Ruth Finkenbiner replied to Olive Parker's discussion New Leather Artist from Montana - Hello
"Hi Olive, Welcome to the forum.  We're currently located in Western WA, with a show circuit that includes WA/OR/ID/CA.  We've applied for Sweet Pea this year in Bozeman, I think you've missed the application deadline for…"
Apr 10, 2013
Jonna Barr replied to Olive Parker's discussion New Leather Artist from Montana - Hello
"Hi Olive! Welcome to AFI! I just looked at your website. Very pretty, very different work! I'm in Texas, so can't help with show suggestions...:( but wanted to comment on your work. Best of luck to you!"
Apr 10, 2013
Olive Parker replied to Olive Parker's discussion New Leather Artist from Montana - Hello
"Hi Pat, Yes, it is nice to know another leather artist is doing art fairs.  My feather earrings are made from leather.  They are carved, shaped and shaved (aka skived) to a "feather edge" with scalpels.  I also do leaves and…"
Apr 10, 2013
Pat Falk replied to Olive Parker's discussion New Leather Artist from Montana - Hello
"Hi Olive, Sounds like you and Richard have alot in common being in the same medium.  Are your earrings made from feathers?  Feather earrings have become very popular in the last couple years."
Apr 10, 2013
Richard L. Sherer replied to Olive Parker's discussion New Leather Artist from Montana - Hello
"I do just about everything in the studio. I have a couple apprentices that come in to work on their stuff or mine - usually getting saddle restorations ready for me to work on. I hand cut everything. I know Bob Klenda and Bob Brenner through CSMA. I…"
Apr 8, 2013
Olive Parker replied to Olive Parker's discussion New Leather Artist from Montana - Hello
"Yes, I know Pete Gorrell, and visited his shop before he moved to Colorado.  I've only been here in MT for 9 years.  I also go to Sheridan to the Rocky Mtn Trade show put on by the Leathercrafter's and Saddler's Journal and…"
Apr 8, 2013
Richard L. Sherer replied to Olive Parker's discussion New Leather Artist from Montana - Hello
"Sapphires yes, turquoise no. What's at the El Dorado? There was an old mine north of Butte that had really nice chalcopyrite xls even after every geologist picking over the dump LOL. I have about 900 plain and carved belts in stock and reserve…"
Apr 8, 2013
Olive Parker replied to Olive Parker's discussion New Leather Artist from Montana - Hello
"Hi Richard, Great website and very nice work too!  How do you know how many belts, chaps, etc to take to a show?  You have a lot of inventory in your booth photo, and I know that took a lot of hours to build up.  I am in Stevensville…"
Apr 8, 2013

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Your Medium
Carved and painted leather jewelry paired with gemstones, small bags, leather home interior accents
Years in the Art Fair Business
1
First show ever
Western Design Conference, Jackson, Wyoming - People's Choice Award
What is your website?
http://montanaleatherdesigns.com
What are the best things about art fairs
I enjoy the public interaction and like selling directly to the person who will wear or enjoy my work.
Best show ever and why
Western Design Conference: I had great sales, and won a huge award. For my first show, it was fantastic.
Worst show ever and why
I haven't had a bad one yet, I'm still too new.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Web browser - looking for info on art fairs.

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At 5:10pm on April 8, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Olive. 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!

Many topics have already been discussed here before you joined us. You might like to try a search of your topic before you post your question. Just put your topic, canopy tents, jurying fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, etc, into the search bar at the top of the right side of the page. You might be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

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