I don’t understand Paper Arts at all. Women taking perfectly good pieces of paper, cutting them into shapes and gluing them together to make something else…oh, OK. It’s kind of like quilting but with paper, right?
Truthfully, I think the entry level is more accessible, but the dizzying heights I have seen some people take it to are as skilled as any complex quilt.
Anyway, this past weekend saw Prue and I at the 2012 Wellington Paper Arts and Crafts Fair, at the Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua (amazing venue!) presenting Made on Marion’s wares to the public. As the ‘wild card’, given we don’t really sell much paper craft stuff as such.
Prue (my right hand woman) and I flanking our domain
Foreground – our “make & take” table all set up. Prue showed dozens of people how to needle felt over the weekend, and many of them discovered a new hobby in the process!
The vista beyond our little corner of paperdise. I could spend some serious money on scrapbooking papers, they are almost as tempting as fat quarters!
Some of our pretties. So much colour – our new Riley Blake coloured laces look so pretty in colour groups with gorgeous grosgrain ribbons and other treats.
The Hairy Maclary cross stitch patterns drew a lot of interest and while we sold plenty, we’ve still got some in store. Ditto Mod Podge, which is rapidly gaining a following in New Zealand now. As it ought. I am particularly smitten with the new ‘sparkle’ version!
Prue was kept busy converting the paper lovin’ heathens to needle felting. My contribution was telling wide-eyed children about the secret mountain in the South Island where the multi-coloured sheep graze, which is where we get the coloured wool from… YEAH RIGHT!
We had a great weekend, met lots of new people and gave out lots of cards. It’s nice to get out and about with the ‘brand’ so to speak and I can’t wait until my next chance at Aethercon, the steam punk convention. A VERY different product mix will be going there!