The 2011 Art Fair season will begin for me next month with the annual West Michigan Potters Guild Springfest. It is time to reorganize the storage bins, be sure the table covers are freshly washed and make sure the inventory is in order. I have packed away the Christmas holiday items and the snowflake pins, made a note to make more snowmen pin/pendants for fall and started the glaze fire for new spring necklaces and earrings.
For several years I have used Styrofoam boards covered in dark leaf green velveteen to display pins and pendant necklaces. The first year I did art fairs, I packed each pin in tissue and put it out for display in a case or pinned it on a large white mohair shawl at the beginning of each show and rewrapped it and packed it up again after the show. Set up and tear down took forever until I discovered another artist who had her work pinned on cork bulletin boards. The velvet covered boards were a lifesaver. They are getting tired looking after all the seasons of use now and it is time for a new look. Out with the green and in with an even more neutral color to go with the cream colored table covers and the light wood shelving. I have found a new velvety fabric to cover the boards for a fresh clean look. That is my project today and when I have them covered, I will have some fun arranging a fresh spring collection of pins, and pendant necklaces.
The 21st Annual Springfest Show and Sale is less than a month away. Saturday, March 19th at The Church of the Servant 3835 Burton Street SE in Grand Rapids Michigan. Come and see all the different ways clay can be turned into beautiful and useful objects. The Dinnerware Show will again be featured.