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!