It’s been years since I got ready for a show. I did craft fairs for ten years, that was a long time ago, and I’ve blogged ad nauseum about how I never wanted to sell my work again, and how I’m trying to overcome my need to hold on to everything I make, and how I might need it as a teaching tool, and well I could waste the whole blog on all my woes about my years of selling and how burned out I got.
So fast forward… I have too much stuff I’ve made, and no where to put it. The airlines are restricting my luggage so badly, that I have to basically travel with nothing when I teach, and all these wonderful teaching pieces are now in photos and in PowerPoint presentations. I don’t wear most of what I make, or I wear it once for a fashion show, and exhibit it a few times, and that’s it. The pieces sit in cleaner bags in my closet, taking up valuable space. (I actually don’t have the lifestyle to wear and use all of what I make…)
So, with a critical eye, I’ve started to gather pieces that I think I might actually want to part with if someone really wanted to buy them. I’m not convinced that will ever happen, someone wanting to buy something I made isn’t something I’ve come to grips with, largely because a) I’m not in production anymore, I’m not buying in bulk and raw materials are expensive, b)I’m not interesting in making things in an inexpensive way, if I want to spend two days carefully edging the binding on a tote bag with couched yarn, well I’m gonna do that. Too bad if the tote is $300. c) I’m personally too cheap to buy anything that isn’t on sale for 50% off the lowest sale price or I have a 30% coupon at Kohl’s. I wouldn’t buy my work (because it is too expensive) so it is odd to me that anyone else might…
But I digress. This isn’t about selling my work, it is about making the commitment to tag and bring my work to the guild sale. In order to do that, I have to properly photograph everything I’ve done recently that hasn’t already been properly photographed. Blog shots don’t count. Because if I actually did manage to find someone who wanted one of my pieces badly enough to pay good money for it, I’d never see it again, and if I don’t have a proper photo of it, I can’t even use it for a teaching tool. In my “Photographing Your Work” Monograph, I believe the first slide in the presentation says,