First......I wanted to say thanks so much to all my peeps who made it out to see my new work at The One of a Kind Christmas Show! I also want to say WELCOME to all my new peeps!
(Hopefully this is the last time I use the word peeps :-)
I am about to take you on a strange journey......a travelogue of my experience at OOAK15 (sorry.....but you gotta get onboard with this acronym NOW!).......
DAY 1 and 2: The set up:
|Loading my rental vehicle with my entire life's work from the last 2 months!!|
|Packed with care.....in hopes that the huge crowds, soon will be there!|
|After a few vehicle cues....you park and unload....|
|I was early. (the usual)|
I am TOTALLY not joking - it was a huge trek.........I needed a sled dog.....
|This was my booth.|
MAN did it seem small.........note to self - lose 50 lbs before next years show!
|Like a butch dude, I was screwing like crazy!|
|...or as butch as you can be - when teal is your signature colour......|
|It was nice and quiet. |
|Here I am looking like little Robbie Fixit guy!|
Or one of Charlie's Angels!!!
|It took HOURS to get this set up ready!!!|
|and....in that time.....I put a screw through my finger!!|
That'll teach me to do the Charlie's Angels pose with power tool!
|um......then I got this paper cut.......|
and got blood on my brand new white curtains....
|Pano on day 1|
|The best way to sooth the soul.....and the multiple cuts and abrasions.....|
IS WITH GREASE!!!!!!!!!
NOM NOM NOM!
|It was a lot of little pieces to hang for this show.|
There were 33 little 6" x 6" ers alone!
|Outside of the booth|
|ON DAY TWO -- I nearly died again!!|
Death by banana peal on floor - I mean, come one!!
(It is is a fitting death for a clown like me, I know it!)
|I sent this photo to my husband. |
I made a funny comment about how everyone on the GO train looked like a cast member for the Walking Dead!
|At 8:30am.....THERE WAS A LINE-UP ALREADY!!!!|
|The final booth- all ready to open!|
|It looked pretty decent I thought!|
|Here is 10 minutes AFTER doors open.|
It was quickly WALL TO WALL PEOPLE!
|Later that night I celebrated my first 11 hour day with red wine and chips.|
LIKE A CLASSY LADY, thank you very much!
|I may have had a breakdown on set-up day about how terrible my booth looked.....a|
...and my husband may have had to talk me off the edge of a breakdown about it.
Husband: "Rob, I am sure that the booth looks great, go take a break!"
I got an award for being the 3rd best booth!!
OUT OF 800!!!!
I was so thrilled!!!!
(Although I hated to admit my husband was RIGHT...and that I am a freak!!!)
|Day two was crazy busy too!!!!!|
|Inside the hall - so FESTIVE!!!!!!!!!!|
|My dogs were barking by day 3!!|
|By day 5, I was taking power naps on the GO!|
YES....I now see the irony - given how much fun I made of the poor suckers going to work each morning!!!
|This guy made a real splash!!!|
I feel like I could have done 50 of these and sold them!!!
BUT OHHHHH NO..... I have to have "artistic integrity" and have all ORIGINAL pieces!
|Oh...did I mention that I was in the program too??|
I felt a little "rock-star-y"!
I guess every 12 years or so, you get a nice bit of recognition!!!
|yup...by day 8 I was falling asleep with all manner of chocolate and cookies on me!!|
|X marks the spot!!!|
|Gio was a right next door - so kind and helpful - and FUNNY!|
His eco-friendly sculptures were wonderful!!!!!
I would put a link to his website.....but there ain't one!
YOU MUST check him out next year!!!!
|Dahlia Milon - who made STUNNING textile wonders!!!|
She was also so kind and lovely and funny to be neighbours with!!!
Check her out at:
and on Etsy:
|This was a spooky night - leaving to catch the GO train at 9:30pm!|
|I really want to paint this! Right????|
|From BÖ by Mansouri|
|There were VERY FEW times that I wasn't busy.|
Which was a bit miraculous!
|Claire and Steven from http://www.studiovine.ca|
ALSO a delight!!
|Alexia Bilyk -- super talented and super nice!!!!!!|
|By day 7, I had taken to drinking on the job!|
|...and randomly passing out on benches!!!!|
DAY 8: The big fire!!!
|Okay....not a big fire......but we did need to evacuate the building!!!|
|Was so happy to get "Strangers on a Train" on a wall!|
She is still available on my website (and prints too!!!)
|Here husband is doing ALLLLLLLLL the work.|
|PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN!!!!!|
|Started drinking "Mountain Dew: Kickstart" which is basically like free-basing caffeine!!!!!!!!|
|Which may have worked for a few hours.........|
|Eating at the food trucks.....because my homemade salads just aren't cutting it at this point!|
|There were people there shopping un tim the last minute.....|
|WHAMO - the making up and exiting tornado hits!!!|
|It took us 3 hours to get packed and get home!!!|
|WE left NOTHING in our booth.......but clearly we were the few that were tidy as we left!|
|I MADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
I am starting to get life back to normal!
It was an incredible experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had lots of sales, and so many new connections made.
New friends.....old friends........
One of the most exhausting and exhilarating times ev-VAH!
I wanted to thank my hubby for taking such good care of me, and for working for me for the whole show!!!
I also wanted to thank the organizers at OOAK.
YOU GUYS DO AN INCREDIBLE JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So that's all folks!!
See you next year for OOAKX16!!!!!