Laura Fortune



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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. 


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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!


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.


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Working at Studio 209 was perfect for me.  I worked really hard and manage to make it up to Thomasville to be in that studio 28 out of the 30 days in June.  I squeezed as much work as I could out of that time, working 10-12 hours days for the majority.  It was also a time were I was faced with a lot of questions about how I would navigate the trip to the west coast.  Would driving my old Jeep be possible?  Should I just fly out?  Do I have enough inventory to appear at four shows?   How should my display look and how can I transport it best?

These answers eventually floated to the surface, and I made decisions.  

My daily drive

My daily drive

Down South, and kinda like it.

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I returned to the US in a whirlwind.  A visit with a friend in New York City outside of JFK airport, a quick stay with an old friend in Jacksonville, Florida, a sweet wedding in Asheville, North Carolina, a visit to my sister in a cabin in Elijay, Georgia....and that was the first 5 days back.

And after all of that, I needed to boogie down to Florida to set-up a studio and get to work.  I decided that in July, I would travel the west coast to participate in a series of Renegade Craft Shows, so I needed to stock up.  A series of events led me to Studio 209 in Thomasville, Georgia.

It's a perfect place for me, and this is a total surprise.  I'm growing fonder of being in an area I never thought I would return to.  I love my family and friends here, and the idea would come to my mind over the years, but then I would go for a visit and as fast as the idea came to me, it flew out the window and I retreated back to Brooklyn and back to the drawing board.  

The opportunity to have extended traveling time has changed me.  I don't feel trapped by places, because I can see that I can go away, experience new people and places, and return and quiet back down, work in my studio.  That is the life I want.  A studio life/travel life/gardening life/old truck with a dog life.  

And someday I will have that.  But in less than a month, I will pack up my 1999 Jeep Cherokee and drive west for a whole new adventure. 

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."



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I finished a piece that I had been working on on-and-off over the summer.  The pendant is about the size of a mobile device, on a long chain.  It's interactive as the thumb pushes right and left and a trash can pops out on each side.  I'm not going to go into how I have researched this idea (dating in NYC and online), although, this blog might be more interesting if it turns in that direction...hmmmm, I digress.  

I've retired from online dating, after a particularly bad date, much like I stopped babysitting when I was 16 after an awful episode that ended with itching powder being poured down my shirt.  The type of moment you throw your hands in the air like George Costanza and yell, "THAT'S IT!  I'VE HAD ENOUGH!"   

I have had quite a bit of experience in the matter, and I found that with online dating and dating in general, I am either dumping someone or getting dumped.  Not in a heart-wrenching way, in a "you just aren't for me/I'm not that into you/ghosting" way.  But there still was a lot of trial and error and a lot of trash cans.  So swipe left, swipe right, it's all about dumping.  I'm into it, the trash cans, not the online dating.