Well, the Kerikeri Art Trail is over. I'm exhausted, but on an exhilerated high, a bit like giving birth! And I learnt a few things.
I learnt that exhibiting and talking about my art non-stop for three days is hard work, but fun. I learnt that I got better at talking about my art the more I did it. I learnt that I actually LOVE talking about my processes and inspirations to people who have no idea about textile art.
I learnt that people enjoyed watching me demonstrate how I did something. Trail goers were fascinated to watch me free-motion quilt the swallow quilt above, and really interested to see me stencil on the sample below. It was a great conversation starter and question generator.
I learnt that bringing my sketchbooks for people to look through was a great idea, even if it made me feel a little vulnerable.
I learnt that people are happy to pay fair prices if they love the work. I learnt that participating in an art trail is really good for my ego!
And I learnt that comfortable shoes are a must...
I don't know if I'll get to do it again. I can't participate in KOAST unless I'm an invited guest artist, as I was this year, because I'm not actually a Kerikeri resident. But if I ever get the chance to do it again, I'd jump at it. It was so very worthwhile on many different levels.
A few thank yous are in order - my family for putting up with my KOAST focus in the past couple of weeks, my fellow exhibitors Jane Shaw and Judi Souter, both very talented artists and the best co-exhibitors I could wish for, and the lovely staff and residents at Oakridge Village who looked after us, made lovely cups of tea and served us the best scones I've ever had!