Sunday, October 26, 2008

They came, they saw ...

Over the two weekends that I was open for Portland Open Studios, about a hundred people visited, even some celebrities! Thanks go to the 5000s for sales strategy and advice, even though my "recession discount" received no takers except from the customer who knew no such deal existed when selecting his purchases.

Clearly, I am better at making my work than selling it.

I did have fun setting up the bindery so that there was a reading room, complete with a book-model petting zoo.

Then I pulled together a slide show of my work that played continuously on the iMac in my, ahem, "auditorium." Many people plopped themselves in a chair to take in the whole thing.

I was working in the background, making clamshell boxes. It was a bonus being forced to work in the studio and get some projects out of the way.

Then I had a merchandise section, full of portfolios, Postcard Writer's Companions, and the tissue boxes. I love how the chiyogami pops in the light.

Probably the biggest success of the weekend was all the educating I got to do on behalf of Chinese bookbinding, along with the chance to recruit students for my OCAC class (April 4 and 5, doncha know). And I did get to make some clamshell boxes, of which this one turned out the best. It's the long-overdue home for the book models I made at the National Library of China.


At 17:40, Blogger fingerstothebone said...

Ooooh, you got celebrities? Do tell! I like the 'auditorium' concept...and how come the 5000s have never give me any sales strategy advice?

At 16:57, Blogger margaret said...

Maybe because I need it more than you do? ;)


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