I joined a few days ago, after finding a link to crafthaus on Cynthia Tinapple's blog. What a great group of artists! I am especially pleased to find so many working in a range of adventurous materials. Since I'm pretty much a hermit artist, I'm looking forward to exploring the site and learning how to participate. I am totally unfamiliar with social networking, and haven't figured out how members become "friends". How does this work?
hey brigitte, geht's dir gut?
see you are online and thought i'd send a shout out...
back from the craftboston show, first day of somewhat rest and checking in with things and all after show matters....how i wish i could just work at my work, but all the other chores of life have a way of getting in between, so i am coping.
how are you?
and how's my stuff doing? any interest?
looking forward to maybe start a blog here too, add more photos, etc.
met angela gerhard at craftboston, beautiful beautiful work she makes and am happy to see her here too!
I'm so happy I finally got into crafthaus more actively...I'm actually very scare too...I spend the entire day yesterday going around the site (this can get addictive!!), there are so many talented artists (this make me also feel very honored to be here!) and so many good sources of information!
Hi Brigitte -
I don't know how you manage to balance all you do, and am glad to hear that somehow my own practice resonates with you! I just returned from the Emma International Collaboration (http://www.emmacollaboration.com/about.htm), and it has turned my life upside-down (in a GOOD way!). I'll have to post some of the work we made (350 pieces in 5 days!) when I get images.
I'm VERY excited about your new gallery, too. Can't wait to learn more.
Hi Brigitte, The Denton Art Council is actually one of the better organized, more professional groups. The Materials Hard and Soft Show is very highly regarded and draws a large number of entries from across the U.S. It is well worth applying to. After participating in more shows than we can remember, we have come to the conclusion that there is no rhyme or reason that anyone does or does not get into a particular show. Our experience is that it is a numbers game. Enter enough shows and you'll get into your fair share. Having said this, and also having juried more than a few shows, the importance of photography cannot be overstated. Many a good piece (including ours) did not make it into a show because of poor photography. You will have about 7-10 seconds to impress the jury. The other most common sin is poor organization of the submittal materials. We have seen lots of entries automatically disqualified due to illegibility or incomplete information. It is important to follow the entry instructions to the "T", and write clearly. A show like "Materials" is dealing with thousands of entries. The Denton folks depend on the artists to submit their work properly and professionally, so the show staff can do their job of organizing and producing the show. So, there you are, organized materials, great photos, perfect work - and a rejection letter. Why? A jury's most agonizing task is narrowing down the entries to the number of items they can fit in the show. There are always many great pieces that you want to put in, but just don't have room. Its the luck of the draw. Which takes us back to our rule of thumb - submit often. Following are three pieces that have been displayed in Materials Hard and Soft.
How exciting to see crafthaus grow! I'm so glad to be a part of it. I'm afraid I'm technically challenged however and having a hard time figuring out how to add photos and etc. but I'll let you know if I need your help. erica
Thank you for the welcome!
I posted the website for the Costume company I work for, http://www.cospec.com/costume_gallery.html. (We mostly do mascots/book characters, etc).
And yes, I graduated from Kent State last December. I'm enjoying this site so far and it's been a big help in motivating me to get some of my own projects finished!
Thanks for the invitation to join crafthaus and for your warm welcome. I'll add pictures of my work over the next few days. I look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas with this community. Now to check out some other artist members pages.
I'm not sure whether I'll be in on a Saturday, but I'll let you know. I love Pittsburgh too and it's always good to go home. I grew up in Squirrel Hill, across from the Schenley Golf course. My mom still lives in the house that she nad my dad built. Where do you live?
I work at Hera Gallery. It's a non profit gallery that has been running for over 34 years now! Check it out at www.heragallery.org. I would be more than happy to have my brain picked, or just talk about galleries. The one that I work at doesn't exhibit functional art too too often, however.
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