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Christina L. Towell
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  • 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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"Hi Christina, I have a question about my eligibility for craft shows. My craft is sewing, not surface design. I do not do the batik and hand-painted work on my dresses. But my sewing is more sophisticated than anything I have seen in art shows.…"
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"Hi Christina, Thanks for the welcome! I'm buried in work for a show on the 4th of July but hope to take some time after to really dig into the site. I have plenty to learn! Best,Tisha"
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Profile Information

Your Medium
Fiber
Years in the Art Fair Business
Eight so far...
First show ever
The Old Granary ~ A Gathering on the Lawn ~ 2011
What is your website?
http://none
What are the best things about art fairs
Networking, meeting and talking with buyers, connecting with other artists, selling.
Best show ever and why
Detroit Artist Market Holiday Show - This will be my third year of participation.
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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