Do you fall in love and end up trading art at crafts shows? If you are anything like me, as the show is getting put together, with my coffee cup in hand, the drooling begins as the work starts popping up all around me. And as I get to know the people and connect with them; I usually want to bring a piece of their work home.
Recently I participated in my first Pop Up Shop, through the PA Wilds, of which I am a juried member. I met a mother and daughter who set up together but they create very different work. I purchased a mini matchbook set from Mulchkin, the daughter to put in Easter Baskets.
I fell in love with her mini assemblage pieces and her collage prints and we made a trade.
Usually at shows when people make trades it would be for an equal-fair value item, so we traded prints for prints.
One of the people I adore at shows is Stephanie Distler. She is a jewelry artist. I would have loved some photography with her for a statement ring she had, but they sold out. I do own one of her copper pendants. I have mine on a leather choker necklace. Its adorable and extra special because it was made with the hands of someone I admire.
And Stephanie was nice enough to share some trade’s she did with me here. At the most recent Pop Up Show I talked about, Lois from Little Bear Creek Alpaca’s was set up. She raises alpaca’s and turns the fiber into the material that she sells as well as weaves and creates with. She was making a gorgeous shawl wrap while we were set up. She made a trade with Stephanie for one of her hammered safety pins to use on a shawl made with some of this homespun fiber.
And finally my neighbor at the show all day was Deborah from The Muddy Moose. I have been to her open houses at Christmas time in the past and her stuff goes fast. She shared with me this most adorable pottery pig that she traded for some of her Goat’s Milk Soap. She and the potter have traded every year for the past 3 years at a show where they are always next to each other.
The bottom line, we are makers and we appreciate and are inspired by things that other people make. Sometimes as maker’s our heads can start to spin, thinking “I want to try to do that or make that.” For me, that usually means I don’t ever end up with what I saw. While it’s fun to daydream about, I am better off to refine and work on what I am good at and to collect other beautiful things from artist’s that specialize in those arts.
If you get the opportunity to do a Trade at a show, Go For It. I would love for you to share your favorite trade or trade experience in the comments below.