Thursday, October 23, 2008

Art in the Burbs 2008

For all of those still planning what to do this weekend... may I make a suggestion!? This is my second year now doing the "Art in the Burbs" Show. It benefits the Tigard/Tualatin Schools and this Foundation funds learning opportunities for all 15 schools in the Tigard Tualatin School district. This is a great way to support childrens education in our public schools and I highly recommend attending.

Alberta Rider Elementary
14850 SW 132nd Terrace, Tigard

WHEN - 2008
Friday - Oct 24, 6-9pm
Saturday - Oct 25, 10-5pm
Sunday - Oct 26, 11-5pm

There will be some fantastic art there and it's always a well run and fun event to attend. I know that I talked about this show to many of my newest customers from the Local 14 show - so, if you didn't get a chance to purchase a piece of mine at that show - here is your chance to get something really special for yourself or for a loved one for the coming season. I will have a few new pieces and of course some new color stories for the fall and winter seasons ahead...

Hope to see you there - and thank you for your support!

- Pink

Monday, October 20, 2008

Doing what I can to help...

Okay - so I've been contemplating for some time on what I can do to keep my paper products for packaging to a minimum (aside from using newspaper that I get for free and re-using cardboard boxes from time-to-time) . For those of you that have purchased a piece from me, you know how I take pride in the packaging and presentation. I figure since I put so much work into the piece inside the box...well, the box should be something special too.

So, I think I have come up with another small re-purposing solution. I have decided to stop buying packaged Japanese paper for making my origami cranes and started making my own. I have discovered that, while looking through some of my very occasionally purchased magazines (and those scavenged from family and friends), not to mention the junk mail and catalogs I get, there are some really fantastic images that can translate into my paper origami cranes! Hurray - I love when I can save some money, save a tree, and re-purpose something that is normally forgotten and thrown out after a week.

Also, come Spring, I will be adding a new item (however, technically it isn't
really) to my store. I have been making my crane cards for many years and sell them to stores in the Portland area and feel that I can now share them with others in my Etsy store. They are really beautiful and I will have then listed singly and you can also purchased them in groups of 3, 5 or 7 for slightly less. And, who knows what else may develop out of my crazy fascination with these folded wonders...

These cards are very similar in feel to how my jewelry is packaged when you receive a piece. I would love to list these in my store before the Spring - but, I think I should focus on trying to get work in my store and filling the many, many special orders still outstanding by all my VERY patience and WONDERFUL customers out there.

Thanks all - and here's to the beginning of a beautiful and festive Holiday Season - each and every one of us:)

- Pink

Monday, October 6, 2008

Never too late for praise!

Yes... I can say it... I slacked off a little these last few weeks in the marketing department. I failed to inform all my great customers of the latest show I was attending: Local 14. What can I say - you missed a FABULOUS show. I'll be sure to let you know next year so that you're sure not to miss it.

This organization, made up entirely of women in the arts, is an amazing amalgamation of talent, organization, drive and confidence. With this show I had to volunteer some of my time to help set up and tear down, and it was my pleasure to help out. I have to say when I showed up the night of the Gala Event to show my work, I was in complete awe of the beautiful set up of work and the professional displays. It was really an event - not to be missed!

So, the final result was this was far-and-away the best show I have ever had! ...I can't wait until next year. I met the most amazing artists and women and felt so welcomed into this obviously tight-knit group of talent.

Thanks to Ellie Wellstead, Wendy Avner, Cindy McDougall, Karen Hustwaite, Sarah Lajoie, Laura Berman, and of course Ann Munson (the eggs and begonias are amazing), for all the laughs and giggles to make it through the last 4 days of selling. I had amazing customers as well - where have you been all my life!:)

- Pink