Posted on November 15th, 2015
Just wanted to show you some of the awesome art that I bought from other artists at Craft Central! There were lots of talented people there, but I need to be a bit realistic about how much art I buy, so I had to restrict myself… here are my fab finds this year:
‘Tui’ print by Joe McMenamin, an artist and high school art teacher whose work I’ve admired for a while now. The hand-drawn line detail is incredible, and I love the pop of colour from the powdered ink he uses. You can find more of his work here.
Robin print and a pack of eight greeting cards featuring a range of bird illustrations by Melissa Boardman from Bird Plus Bird. I love the way Melissa manages to capture a bit of each bird’s character in her drawings. This little robin looks so inquisitive and alert, just like these birds in real life. Check out Bird Plus Bird’s website here.
This final print is a linocut called ‘The Readers’ by an artist called Penny C. Penny is a self-taught printmaker like me. Something about this print really speaks to me. I can imagine it hanging in a child’s room, maybe my own child’s room one day.
I’m a big believer in supporting local artists by buying their quality, unique art when I can! If you are too, then you must check out felt, New Zealand’s online marketplace for hand-crafted goodness. They’ve also just released their Christmas catalogue – have a look here!
Posted on October 26th, 2015
There are lots of words I could use to describe the Craft Central market on 3rd October… exciting, encouraging and inspiring are just a few of my favourites. I had such a great day. It was awesome to finally show the works that I’ve been piecing together over the last few months, and to get to talk to people about how and why I make what I make.
This was my first real craft market since I came back to NZ, almost two years ago now. It was also the first time I had shown any of my art prints (excluding cards) to a public audience, which was thrilling and a little scary at the same time. I reckon it takes a bit of guts to put your (personal, soul-conveying) work out there for everyone to see. It really helped that before the market had even opened, an established artist (whose work I really admire) came over to compliment me on my work and to buy a print! People were really interested in my work and I got a lot of encouraging feedback. It was nice hearing people talking to each other about what they liked and didn’t like about various prints. I managed to sell quite a few works, and it is exciting to imagine them now framed and hanging in homes around the country!
I met some other printmakers (easy to spot, as they know at first sight how much work has gone into a lino print, and what’s involved in the process), lots of bird nerds (which I mean as an absolute compliment), and plenty of lovely friendly people who were roaming about having a look at what was on offer. It was also great to meet some of the other artisans who were running their own stalls. The event was extremely well-organised and everything being sold was made by hand, which made it a really beautiful atmosphere to be selling in. There are so many clever crafty people in Wellington!
I’m super stoked with how the day went, and am now full of ideas for fresh prints and new selling opportunities. I’ve been given details of some upcoming markets and a great-looking shop in Auckland that could potentially sell my work. There’s also an art club out in Naenae that I might start attending, which would be a nice way to meet some other artists. All in all, I’m super inspired by the possibilities that can emerge from events like this and really keen to show my work again!
My experience at Craft Central reminded me that it’s worth taking a risk and putting yourself out there sometimes. It also served as a reminder that the aim is not for everyone to like me/my work, but for it to reach even one or two others, or for me to forge some kind of connection to someone else. I think I achieved this goal quite nicely this time. Thank you for your support!