Laura Fortune

Craft Show

Sunday

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July 23

This is it!  Last day of my summer tour!

It was one of my best days.  I met some wonderful people and it was an excellent experience.  I heard affirmations from so many and the main consensus was:

“I have never seen anything like this.”…it was a positive reaction.

It’s flattering and seems on topic.  Sometimes I feel different, but I get along with a lot of different people for that reason.   

That show was a great ending to a series of learning curves, such as learning there is a Labrador Bassett Hound mix.  I have never seen such a dog with the distinct characteristics of the breed split in half. 

Saturday

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July 22

I showed up to Hangar 30 of Magnusen Park in Seattle pretty early.  I have found going about this alone, I am generally one of the first vendors there and last to leave.  My set-up and break down just take me longer than seasoned show vendors.

I enjoyed the community of friends I had made throughout each show.  Other people had signed-up to do all of these shows and we began to recognize each other each weekend and have a certain camaraderie.  

And then I overheard someone describe this life as being a 'Carnie' and I was stopped dead in my tracks. Dreams do come true!

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That evening I returned to my cousins house and he gave me a tour of the new home they would be moving to the following day.  I understand big moves and choices, and I’m happy for them. 

San Francisco Show

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July 15

I left Sacramento a little after 5am and drove over to San Francisco for the Renegade Show that would be at Fort Mason that weekend.  I felt more relaxed, as I had the LA show under my belt.  I set-up and the day began.  It was incredibly busy with people and one of my favorite people I met at that show was a man who came by on both days to visit me.  We spoke of his time as an Original Hippie from the Summer of Love, and he asked details about my travels and living in Portugal.  He decided we missed out since I wasn’t around for the Summer of Love, but I had him model the Tie-Dye T-Shirt Pin, and he left me with a big smile. 

How did the show go?  Everyone asks that question.  I have certain people that stop by and I have great conversations with them, and those feel like highlights to me.

A Surprise Ending

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July 9 

Sunday felt altogether more calm and relaxed.  I had my set-up figured out, I knew what hot felt like, and I understood that this trip was going to feel more like a meet-and-greet with a learning curve show, with a dream roadtrip bonus. 

I always meet really wonderful people at these shows.  The value in this experience is the information and advice I take in from other vendors and people that are visiting the show.  I’m open with people who are interested in enamel and I’m open when they are interested in where I am based out of.  “I’m in-between places.”  I left Brooklyn for Portugal and now have a metal studio in Southern Georgia, and I’m traveling the west coast.  It’s all a strange combination. 

But the highlight of my time in LA had little to do with the show, and more to do with the choices I have made in the past year. 

Sunday was over and I was packing up the jewelry for the weekend, and a lady approached my table.  She asked if I was the artist that moved to Portugal and I said Yes, in a where-is-this-going type of thought. 

She introduced herself stating she and her boyfriend were the couple that came to my apartment last year and bought most of my furniture when I was moving out of Brooklyn.  I couldn’t believe it. 

This couple was so sweet and encouraging of my move out of Brooklyn and taking the chance to go and travel.  They had just been on a similar type of journey and were settling in Brooklyn and reacquiring things for their new apartment.  They loved my stuff and wanted to buy much of it from me.  At the time, I was on-the-fence about whether to store my stuff, or to just sell it altogether.  Having them in my place, and watching it all walk out the door of my apartment so quickly made the decision rip of like a band-aid. 

So many decisions feel so hard, and then they are made for me, and I accept them.  People come along who buy all of your furniture, cars breakdown, a tooth needs extraction. 

It meant a lot for me to see this couple at that moment.  I wasn’t feeling totally great about the show in Los Angeles, accepting the losses, but sometimes it helps to just have a little moment, a small-world moment.  A reminder of a time where I was at the end of a major chapter of my life and where I currently am within a whole new experience.  It kind of just makes me feel like I’m doing something right, in the right place.

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That was a Craft Show!

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This past weekend I participated in my first Renegade Craft Show.  The Renegade has been having shows for over a decade and they travel all over the country and now internationally.  It provides an event and space for artists to present and sell their handmade goods directly to the customer.  It was the NYC Holiday Market, which is the best show of the year to participate in, from what I heard.

So many others vendors and attendees ask, "how is the show going for you?"  I generally said, "I think it's good, I don't know, I don't have any reference because it's my first time participating."  What I did know was that I worked my ass off leading up to the show and I was just glad to have pulled it all together to make it to the show and present my work in an orderly fashion.  

I love what I do.  I love working with my hands and I love designing and problem solving and I love color and humor and I get to throw all of those things into a bunch of stuff I make on my own.  I understand it is hard to understand the process that enameling entails and what it means when I say, I make everything, when there is so much to look at.  One man stood out in my mind and he was an older gentleman with a Plenty of Fish t-shirt on, clearly a fan of Broadway.  He understood the processes of metal fabrication and enameling and he stood over my table asking a few questions and after he received the answers he needed he looked up at me with wide eyes and said, "well I can see this is ALL you do.  I actually like to do things, like go see Hamilton."  I laughed heartily because he was totally right.  I didn't have much of a life or spare time while working on this show.  Even if the process of my work isn't understood, I saw people's faces light up when they saw my table and that was a great feeling.  After the events of this week, my heart was deflated and I considered that people might not be up for attending a craft show or in the mood for seeing a bunch of silly colorful work, but they were still there and I think it was a great event for people to come together.  The smiles that came from the discovery of an enameled Cheeseburger Box were pretty fabulous, too.  

So "how was the show for you?"  

"I think I'm on the right track and it was pretty awesome.  Thanks for asking."