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Brigitte Martin (crafthaus editor) will spend time at the 2016 ACC Show in Baltimore. She will report back from three distinct viewpoints:
Brigitte's personal experience as a first-time visitor taking in 670 artists for the retail portion of the show. Camera in hand and walking boots on!
The artist's viewpoint: Laura Jaklitsch (jewelry) shares her insight into all that goes into preparing for a professional show, her thoughts on booth display, sales and the camaraderie between show artists.
Discussion INSERT by Wayne Werner: Clarify..setup
The ACC show director's viewpoint:
The last segment of the series will highlight a third perspective, the ACC show director's viewpoint. Melanie Little offers an in-depth look at the show, describing what it takes to put up a major event that brings in twenty thousand visitors for the retail portion alone.
(7) About Melanie Little, ACC shows, and Hip Pop booths
(8) Baltimore attendance, Let’s Make, and Style Slam
(9) Artist selection, Jury Selection, Return Rate, Criticism
(10) Layout, Booth Assignment, Handmade-Policy, Booth Set-up and Take-down
(11) Final Post: Misconceptions, Question Answered, Difficult Situations, Best Moments, Final Thoughts - Melanie's viewpoint
Stacey Lee Webber and Joe Leroux in their booth at the 2016 ACC St. Paul show. Great display job that Joe is largely responsible for. They both have a wicked sense of humor and are lot of fun to hang with. (Sorry that the image is a bit dark. My fault. - BM) Photo: B. Martin for crafthaus.Continued from (10) Layout, Booth Assignment, Handmade-Policy, Booth Set-up and Take-down Crafthaus: What are the some of the misconceptions people have when it comes to putting up the ACC…Continue
Melanie Little talking to Minneapolis-based jewelry artist George Sawyer in his booth. ACC St. Paul 2016. Photo: B.Martin for crafthausThe last segment of the current crafthaus interview series highlights a third perspective, the ACC show director's viewpoint. Melanie Little offers an in-depth look at the Baltimore show, describing what it takes to put up a major event that brings in twenty thousand visitors over the course of three days. Continued from previous post (9) Artist selection, Jury Selection, Jurying Process, Return Rate, Criticism…Continue
Melanie Little, ACC Show Director, checks in with a craft show artist in St. Paul, 2016. Photo: B. Martin for crafthaus. Continued from Baltimore attendance, Let’s Make, and Style SlamCrafthaus: How many applications do you typically receive for the Baltimore show? Melanie Little: Artists can apply to wholesale plus retail, or they can apply to the retail segment only. In general we have about 1,700 artists that apply to all of our shows. Typically 1,600 of those apply for Baltimore plus at least one other show. We have about 300 spaces for retail only in Baltimore, and then it's about 360 spaces in the combined wholesale-retail…Continue
Danny Saathoff demonstrating one of his kinetic sculptures at the American Craft Council's St. Paul show in 2016. Danny went on to receive an "Award of Excellence" by the American Craft Council as an emerging artist.The last segment of the current crafthaus interview series highlights a third perspective, the ACC show director's viewpoint. Melanie Little offers an in-depth look at the Baltimore show, describing what it takes to put up a major event that brings in twenty thousand visitors over the course of three days.Melanie reacting to one of her artist's comments at the 2016 ACC show in St. Paul. Photo: B. Martin for crafthaus.…Continue
Melanie Little on the show floor problem solving with her team. 2016 ACC Show St. Paul.Photo B. Martin for crafthaus.The last segment of the current crafthaus interview series highlights a third perspective, the ACC show director's viewpoint. Melanie Little offers an in-depth look at the Baltimore show, describing what it takes to put up a major event that brings in twenty thousand visitors over the course of three days.Continued from (6) Sales, Suggestions and Final Thoughts - Laura Jaklitsch's…Continue
Caitie Sellers in her booth at the ACC Baltimore 2016. Photo B. Martin for crafthaus.Continued from previous post (5) Preparations and Day of Set-Up - Laura’s viewpoint Crafthaus: Let's talk about customers for a bit. Can you describe the typical customer who comes to the show? Laura Jaklitsch: I would say that around age 40 would be the younger customer attending, it goes up from there. Most of the visitors are usually fairly well-engaged in the craft world, especially those that come on the first retail day, Friday. They're coming to this show because they are excited about craft. We get more of the general public on Saturday and Sunday,…Continue
Personally I have done the acc show in Baltimore for 25 years, I have never been able to pull right up to my booth, into the building yes, but you still need a dolly.Also, a 2 day set up is a luxury, maybe at an ACC show but not most others. If we can't set up the booth in 3-4 hrs...it needs to be re-thought.I also agree that there's is more to the show then just sales. Plenty of connections are to be made. Most other show promoters do walk the show and check out work and display...many will send out "invitations" after seeing work "live". Keep in mind that artist in the show may end up being jurors for other shows. Also, magazine editors use to be all over that show....if you are ready with a CD ROM of your work and some fluff to go with it..you may end up with some free advertising.All in all the Baltimore acc show is way down compared to how it was in the 80s and 90s....now a days I clod more sales after the show then at the show itself....and I find the wholesale to be…Continue
Laura Jaklitsch being interviewed in her studio during preparations to ACC Baltimore show. January 2016. Photo B. Martin, crafthaus Continued from previous post: (4) Booth Design, The Reality of Participating in a Craft Show Crafthaus: How long does it take you to set up your booth and when do you start? Laura Jaklitsch: There are usually around two days before a show when you can set up. The retail portion for Baltimore starts on Friday. I'll get there on Wednesday and set up part of Wednesday and all of Thursday. To do it well it takes time, you should not rush this. I like to get my whole booth set up in one…Continue
Laura Jaklitsch, necklace. Dispayed at Baltimore ACC show 2016. Photo: B. Martin, crafthaus(Find Laura's jewelry in the crafthaus shop!)Continued from (3) About Laura: Background and start-up costCrafthaus: In your preparation for the Baltimore show, how many jewelry pieces do you bring with you? Laura Jaklitsch: So this is something I still struggle with. I've heard numbers from various people saying you should have at least $40,000 worth of work and about five pieces of everything. Well, that’s just not possible for me. I just try to bring as much as I can. I usually have…Continue
Crafthaus: For how long have you being making jewelry? Laura Jaklitsch: I started making jewelry in 2005 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I took some time off in between and gradated in 2011 with a BFA and jewelry and metal. Crafthaus: Is this your first time participating in a bigger craft show? Laura Jaklitsch: The first show I ever participated in was Craft Boston because they offer a mentorship program for which you share a booth with someone else. This is something that benefits new artists a lot, especially those who have not been out of school for that long. The ACC in Baltimore 2015 was my first solo show which was an intense experience. I also already did Philadelphia and Craft Boston in my own booths this year, and then this year will be my second solo Baltimore show. Crafthaus: Do you participate in any of the other ACC shows? Laura Jaklitsch:…Continue