I Was in a brand new space this year
where it felt good - it felt rather odd.
Odd cause my good friend wasn't with me - she moved away two months prior. So I felt rather . . . How does one say - foreign in ones own country. Yeah, I guess that is it. Kelly, that's her :) came to visit me, yay! in all the years of doing the Art Walk she had never walked it as an observer, I really haven't either. I wonder about the other artists - is there anyone who does what I do? I know there must be - but do they really consider it art.
I am a "Doll" maker -- am I an artist? Of course I am an artist - but there are those out there that only consider me a crafter. But then again, I have had many lively conversations with some who consider art to only be the paintings that hang on the wall. Art to them is not the quilt that was created as a wall hanging, or the necklace that was created as a statement. For those people are only Quilters and Jewelers - not Artists. An Artist is a Picasso or a Monet, it is a picture in a frame.
And Grrrr ....... to the people who classify my soft sculptures as Cabbage Patch dolls -- what an insult! Nothing against Cabbage Patch Dolls - but they became mass produced, and began to look alike - made by people who get nothing really for their time on an assembly line.
But enough about that ...
About the Artwalk --
This year I showed my girls at the Yarn Garden - a lovely quaint little shop with all the colors in the rainbow inside. Soft balls of yarn - with every type you could think of. I loved being surrounded by it all. The Yarn Garden was also participating in a "yarn crawl" bringing in hundreds of people. Most of which were only interested in the Yarn, some stopped and gazed upon my creations . . . and I was honored to tell them about their birth.
So even tho, I felt much like a small fry, or a fish out of water, cause I was doing it all alone, without my good friend Kelly. It was a good experience once again this year.
The people who follow me, found me - and adopted another.
Maybe next year I will be in a different place, who knows!