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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 Jan Hubbard's discussion Do you think you should sign up for shows 2021?
"Some of them (at least) have lost deposit monies, as well as anything spent on publicity or staffing, so it's not just "greed". If they couldn't get back deposits, they may now be in the red, unless they had "event…"
Saturday
Kaytee Sumida replied to Jan Hubbard's discussion Do you think you should sign up for shows 2021?
"I'm already signed up for Comic Con International's Art Show-- rolled over from this year, due to the (physical) convention being cancelled. We were offered the choice of "2021" or a refund-- most artists chose…"
Friday
Kaytee Sumida commented on Sharon McAllister's blog post Jewelers Only Zoom Discussion
"Missed seeing this in time.... This year, my "big show" (Comic Con Art Show) is on-line, on Tumblr, with the organizer promoting participating artists. This is the first time for it, and it looks like less than 100 will be participating;…"
Jul 20
Kaytee Sumida commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Another Locked-in Day? Unadulterated Plagiarism
"3/16 was the last "dine-in" day-- we were out for #2 son's birthday, and the news came on the TV there. First time I ever saw staff stop to watch-- the announcement came on that only take out/delivery would be allowed after midnight.…"
Mar 24
Kaytee Sumida commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Another Locked-in Day? Unadulterated Plagiarism
"SAN DIEGO, CA: Parks and beaches closed, museums and zoos closed, schools closed, restaurants closed to dine-in, most art/crafts supplies stores closed (on-line ordering only)-- Michaels is still open because they have declared themselves an…"
Mar 24
Kaytee Sumida replied to Judy Christian's discussion Hospitals need masks, gloves, do you have any or can you sew?
"Elastic seems to be in short supply here (and fabric/crafts stores are closed)-- here is a mask with ties, designed by a nurse. https://www.instructables.com/id/AB-Mask-for-a-Nurse-by-a-Nurse/"
Mar 23
Kaytee Sumida commented on Jeff Owen's blog post Show / Event Setup / Booth Assignment
"Jeff-- those are the one's that seem to make up the assignments the night before.... Perhaps waiting for last minute sign-ups. "
Jan 15
Kaytee Sumida commented on Jeff Owen's blog post Show / Event Setup / Booth Assignment
"I get the impression, that for some shows, they figure out the assignments the night before the show...."
Jan 15
Kaytee Sumida replied to Robin Weinrich's discussion Price tags
"It's going to depend on where/how you "show", and if you have multiples of a given style/price. If you can group pendants with the same price together, a sign near the grouping would work (assuming the customers "see" it),…"
Nov 25, 2019
Kaytee Sumida replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Promoter signage responsibility - No Photos
""It's harder to identify people who are carrying cell phones for that purpose. I would welcome any other suggestions!" It's going to depend on your staffing, and official show policies (in writing), but it's usually fairly…"
Oct 25, 2019
Kaytee Sumida replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Promoter signage responsibility - No Photos
"Just "FYI"-- those "No photography" signs at the entrance to art shows are not always "visible" to attendees (despite being neon pink, with 6" high bold black lettering). Nor are the smaller versions at the…"
Oct 25, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019

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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"....

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

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Kaytee. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

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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.

 
 
 

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