Wednesday, June 23, 2010

After the Show

Ever wonder what happens after a show? Do artists wander off in the sunset, happy to have been sitting at a show all weekend selling lots of work and chatting with customers? Well sometimes, yes. But more likely the show work continues on after the show is over. For me breaking down after a show takes about 2 -2 1/2 hours. Then it's the trip home which varies depending on where the show is located. At the other end there is unpacking and putting the tent, display items and all my work away. Whew, are you tired yet?

Sometimes the work goes on to the next day as it did this past Monday. The show in Cohasset ended with 2 storm systems coming through on Sunday afternoon. One was a thunder and lightening storm with 2 really close lightning strikes! I have to admit it was a little scary being in a tent with metal poles! We had to break down in the rain so everything was thrown in the Windstar wet. On Monday morning the tent had to be set up in the back yard, hosed down to get the acid rain off of it, and dried out to be ready for the next show. The floor mats also had to be hosed down as they were muddy from the rain. All the garments had to be pressed. Creases form when they are damp and put in the garment bags for transit. I still have to unload a few boxes from the car. Are you tired yet?

This is the unglamorous side of being a craft show artist. So why do we continue to do this? Are we all crazy?! Well, yes, a little! But I like to think it's really about passion. Artist's are passionate about what they do! Artist's need affirmation. When you buy our work it is the greatest affirmation we can receive. It tells us that you are paying attention and relate to what we are doing. We like to tell you about our work and we like to see your eyes light up when the work speaks to you. We are sharing ourselves with you.

It's a special treat when someone connects perfectly with a piece of your work so that you know it was meant for only them. That happened to me this weekend when a lovely young woman bought one of my shrugs titled "Tribute to the Women of Jane Austen". It was to be her birthday present. When she tried the shrug on it was like magic. It was perfect on her. When I told her the name of the piece which was created after watching the PBS series on Jane Austen (you can read about it if you go to the archives under April, 2008) she told me how much she loved Jane Austen and was a big fan of all her work. Perfect!!!! That shrug has been waiting for her!!! That moment was worth all the work it takes to do a show! I hope she has many years of wearing that shrug!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Show Week

I'm frantically getting ready for a show this weekend. It seems that all special occasions in my house fall on a show weekend or near one so that I am preoccupied with either the show itself or getting ready.

My husband and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary on Monday. (I can't possibly be that old!) I am so lucky to have found a wonderful man who will support this crazy craft show life I lead. He has been cooking meals, washing the dishes, baking bread, and washing the clothes ( the bread and clothes he does all the time)! How lucky can a girl get! When I look back at our 35 years I can't imagine it being any different than it has been. (Well, maybe the job loss in 2002 didn't have to happen! But then again I wouldn't be in Plymouth enjoying this historic seaside retreat if it hadn't happen.) I can't imagine a better life partner.

So as I work hard to get ready for this show, I know Jeff will be there for me. He will be my "roadie", helping me set up and take down. He will understand when I come home exhausted every night this weekend. And he will enthusiastically support my artistic abilities.
So if you are in the area come visit me at the show. Here is the information:

Judy Connor Jones
Weaving/Fiber Art

Come visit me at the South Shore Art Center Arts Festival on June 18 - 20.

See my new work:

Brand New Painted Warp Loop Scarves

Brand new Silk & Tencel Summer Tops

Silk & Wool “Collapse Weave” Scarves

Chenille “Butterfly” Jacket

I will also have my signature Chenille Crop and Tunic Tops along with Chenille Scarves, Knitted Purses, and Handwoven Quilted Hats.

55th Annual South Shore Art Center Arts Festival
June 18, 2-7pm
June 19, 10am-7pm
June 20, noon-5pm
Cohasset Town Common
Cohasset, MA

Model: Jessica Hansen
Photographer: Mike Ritter
All work is copyrighted and may not be used without permission.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Weaving Process

Some of my work is called "painted warp". I've talked about his before on my blog and if you go back in the archives you can find pictures of the actual dying process. Today I want to show you what happens after the painted warp is put on the loom and the weaving process begins. After the warp is beamed, threaded, and tied onto the front apron bar the weaving process begins. One of the challenges with painted warp is finding a color to weave that will blend with the variety of color that has been dyed into the yarn. Sometimes the choice is an easy analogous one and other times the yarn must act as a neutral to work with many colors as in my "Faith Element" Series Scarves. The pictures here are of a warp I am weaving for my new "Loop Scarves". This warp is in an analogous color scheme.

The blue, purple and green dyes were painted on the yarn and blended together to produce very subtle color variations. The pattern is a 6 shaft broken twill variation.

Come see the finished product at the South Shore Art Center Arts Festival June 18-20 on the Cohasset Common in Cohasset, MA. Check my website for details,