Posts Tagged: kim werker

perspective from a craft fair juror

from the archives: 19.10.10

A few weeks ago, Andrea and Robert asked me if I’d help them test out the new jury system they’ll be using to select Got Craft vendors after they move to London next year. Since they receive more than three times the number of applications as they have slots, I can now totally appreciate the difficulty they face in choosing which vendors are accepted.

I was struck by a few things I hadn’t really thought about since I left Interweave Crochet and reviewed design submissions four times a year. So here are my thoughts about craft-fair applications after my one day being on a test jury:

Photographs are everything. I was surprised that a few applicants didn’t include photos at all. How were we to decide if they’d be a good fit for the show?
Photos should be appropriate to an application. A few applicants included very fashiony or artsy photos that were lovely as photos but that didn’t really show off the products very well. A few photos left us all confused about what the product actually was. Unless you’re applying to sell your photos at the show, please take care to include good photos of your work, and even include one of a craft-fair table you’ve designed in the past.

Even though you’re not being chosen to be a writer, please please please spellcheck your application. It takes two seconds and it really does affect the first impression you make. Please please please then take an additional three minutes and proofread your writing. Spellcheck isn’t fail-proof.

Know the show you’re applying to. Got Craft, for example, has a very distinct atmosphere and type of vendor. If your crafts are, say, more upmarket or traditional, they’ll probably fit better at a different show. And that’s okay. There are a ton of craft fairs in Vancouver. Each one is different.

Holy smokes, there are a lot of things to consider when choosing vendors for a craft fair! Andrea and Robert can’t simply accept all the vendors they love – they have to make sure there’s a good balance between types of wares (to avoid, say, too much jewelry or baby things) and price points. That means that sometimes very awesome vendors aren’t accepted. That’s some very tough decision-making. I’m glad they’re shifting to a jury system, if only because I love them both and want them to maintain their sanity!

photo via a beautiful mess

crafts for the animals

Last year, my friends Kim and Lisa decided to take a girls trip and fly to Las Vegas where they picked up a rental car and drove to southwest Utah. There, they spent a few days voluntering at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary; the largest no-kill animal shelter in the United States. From the pictures they posted on twitter and facebook, this place not only touched their hearts, but it also inspired them to launch the crafts for the animal campaign.  The For the Animals! campaign will raise handmade donations to animal shelters, and to encourage people to tell stories about how their lives have been touched by shelter animals.

You can read all about Kim and Lisa’s stay at the BFAS on their blogs here and here. To read more about the campaign including how you can participate, click here for full details. Kim also has a crochet pattern for a pet mat that is free for all to download here and there are tons of ways to follow along – twitter | flickr | ravelry group

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Growing up, I was never allowed to have pets. So, of course, as a crazy cat lady, I swooned over our neighbour’s cats – they had 3 next door and another 2 the house next to theirs. Robert has always grown up with cats, so when we first moved in together (2002), he said that we could get a cat of our own. However, I had to wait 30 days while we settle into our new apartment. Well… three days later, we were parked outside the BC SPCA and I had a list of other shelters to check out just in case. Cleo was the second cat that I saw and it was love. We brought her home… she jumped out of the box and we have been attached at the hip ever since! She’s not too friendly to others (classic siamese trait), but loves her family. Cleo is now 15 years old and lives in London, UK. Check out her Van City Kitty feature on Vancouver is Awesome here.

Stay tuned for part two where I show you how to make your own cat nip dumpling treats!