Spring has sprung – and the festival season has begun. I cant think of a better way to start a year of shows than with the Innovative Bead Show – in Oaks PA.
This weekend of the year was formerly Bead Fest Spring. When BF changed scheduling Innovative Beads Expo picked up this weekend; and I quickly signed on!
This was my first show with Innovative – and I was thrilled. Great interaction, clear communication. Respect and appreciation. Camaraderie. While it is a business venture, the folks at Innovative are all about building and nurturing community. We had door prizes, demos, and make-and-takes – all great incentive for buyers, and fun!
Good neighbors make a show feel like home – and help out when you are alone… spotting your table, lending a hand. I was thrilled to be next to Marsha Neal studio and back to back with Heather of HMB Studio!
Philadelphia Comic-Con was also at he Expo center last weekend. And then this happened:
I did not take a lot of pictures – working and all that – but these Russian lacquer pieces are a favorite. Its a very unique style – and not for everyone, I know. But Waterhouse’s “Lady of Shallot! Mucha! Rossetti! You had me at Pre-Raphaelites! ( I resisted for now. But come August? Who knows…)
I got these pieces done at the last minute – and debuted them – quietly amidst all my other beads! These feature vintage UK stamps of young Queen Elizabeth, and vintage maps of the UK on the reverse. I am donating 100% of the sales off these pieces to my “trip” fund. An artists residency? A meet and greet trip to the UK members of the team? YES! (If you are interested in helping me cross the pond – these are listed on my Etsy site as well as on my FB business page! )
And now: loot!
So – the show year has started off well! Next up – a trip to see team-mate Diana in her new digs in Rochester – and teach at her local bead store! I’m really excited! Stop in and mention the blog if you are in the area…