This past Saturday was the super fun Crafty Supermarket at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center! It marked my first show as Buck & Libby (as opposed to my previous work under the business name, MoKoPo) and it was fun to be able to get in front of a crowd with all of the new things I've been working on.
I shared a table with my friend Jess from The Pickled Press, and while it was challenging to figure out how to present all of the products you have available on only 4 feet of space, I liked that it forced me to streamline and really focus on a cohesive brand.
Doing shows is one of my favorite things to do as an artist. Yes, it's a LOT of work; more work than people might think with all of the pre-planning and day-of physical labor, not to mention simply standing at a booth for 7 hours straight (wear comfy shoes!). But, there is something so unique about showing your work to people face-to-face and getting that instant feedback that you just can't get in an online capacity.
Watching people's faces as they approach your booth to see which items illicit a smile and which items they ignore. Hearing the little side conversations they have with their friends, whispering things like "I wish this came in a smaller size" or, "that would be so cute in a kid's room". It is valuable information coming directly from your customers and perfect fuel for new product brainstorms.
Along with the opportunity to interact with some great customers and fans, craft shows are also a fantastic way to connect with fellow crafters and artists. The Crafty Supermarket had such a great vibe-- everyone there to have a great time sharing the things they're passionate about with the world. Everyone was friendly and helpful, with a "we're all in this together" attitude and there was even some trading of products going on. Trading stuffed animals for posters, jewelry for prints-- valuing each others' special gifts.
Here are a few of the amazing items and shops I fell in love with at the show:
This lovely lady was my neighbor and was super friendly! She crochets adorable stuffed animals and robots out of recycled sweaters! My favorites are the ones she attached to little blankets-- they are like genius little security blankets + cuteness extreme!
Holy cuteness overload!! I noticed this shop on the Crafty Supermarket website's list of vendors a few weeks prior to the show and nearly died of adorableness! I had to track her down at the show and, sure enough, her work was even more fantastic in person! Everything is hand=painted and the colors are so cheerful! Love.
Laura, the owner of this shop, and her mother were our back-to-back neighbors and they were tons of fun! Not to mention the fact that her shop made me wish all of my friends were having tons of babies because I wanted to buy every single one of her precious stuffed animals. The mix of the soft neutral bodies and the fun, colorful pattern accents are so lovely! I'll take one of each, please!
Of course I have to feature my booth-buddy, Jess, and her shop The Pickled Press. Jess is an awesome photographer and when she's not doing weddings and portraits she enjoys using her photography for more crafty endeavors like coasters, postcards, and wall hangings. If you live in Cincinnati, she's your girl; many of her photographs feature cool, urban scenes from around the city!