It's another first for me! It's been that kind of year! Although I've had my "Working Cowboy" Series of metal prints for sale in the Humboldt Museum gift shop, I've never joined in the holiday blitz... (Okay, yes. I've been a very good customer there every year, but never attended as an artist.)
The Reno is Artown's Made in Nevada Marketplace took place back in July and I was on an incredible high following that event. It was exhilarating and the feedback was priceless! Folks loved and even bought my photo scarves! It was also that same day my dear friend Dawn said, "make a few Christmas scarves. They'll sell!" For some reason, a crazy reason, I waited until I knew for sure I could participate in the Humboldt Museum's event before I designed and ordered my fabric. So this past week I've packed around an armload of finished fabric to show my crafter friends... and the response has been awesome! Some scarves have an artsy flare and some are more traditional. Some are just for winter and some are more for 4-season wear. I design with the image foremost in mind. The drape or wrap effect is vital. Lastly, I'm a realist. The style must be trendy. If it doesn't sell, I'll be wearing it!
"Deadlines are your friend." That's a direct quote from my first journalism teacher - like over 40 years ago. It's as true for artists as it is for writers. So the fine art sale is about 21 days out. I have not taken the rotary mats and cutter out... nor have I looked at a pair of scissors. It's critical that the fabric breathe. I lug it around like a proud mama. I show it to my friends and neighbors. I drape pieces over the mannequin and sit quietly. I observe. I breathe.
Sometimes I sigh. I wonder aloud, "just what I was thinking at the design board? Like how does that palm tree pattern and that sweet lil brown calf go together?" They don't. But I love the scarf nonetheless. That being said, this is the exact point wherein I can change it up. With a few snips of the scissors I can switch out the calf for roses or pine cones or?? Again, I haven't decided to cut anything just yet!!
One saving grace about that looming deadline is that I did not order chiffon. Sewing with chiffon made me an unhappy camper. It worked for the hot July event. It boost my sales because it was light and airy. I wear it daily, albeit happily but those stitches were anything but seamless! My sewing machine and I decided modern jersey is perfect for our overall production line. It sews like a dream; that little give is much appreciated. The colors are brighter; that dreamy richness is what women covet in a scarf. Jersey also washes and dries nicely (I've worn and washed my cowboy scarf for over two years and it still looks new); thus the jersey lends itself to repeated. everyday wear. 5 STARS
Given the time it took to write this blog, I could have met some serious production goals. There is a process. The process, for me, includes time to wonder. To assess. To redesign. To meet my deadline, I will have 3 full days of cutting and sewing with 1 day totally dedicated to my post production checklist which includes titles/pricing. Oh, if you've read this far, $25 scarf prices will entice everyone to #buylocalart #shopsmalltownamerica #buylocalfirst on December 1 at the Humboldt Museum!! Merry Christmas!