Our Constantia Open Day was — exhausting, wonderful, and best of all worthwhile! Even the sun came out for us. Megan’s original illustrations were the biggest hit of the day, and she sold thousands of cards and notebooks. Jane and Mary provided home-baked choc chip cookies and red velvet cupcakes, which were so good they have been commissioned to provide the treats for a Womens’ Day lunch late this week. An interesting offshoot!
Some pics in slideshot format for speed:
I would highly recommend holding regular Open Days for small, growing businesses like ours because they are an excellent medium for showcasing concepts and getting feedback (with minimal cash outlay). What might seem like a genius item when you first produce it at home late one night might not actually appeal to Real People at all – and things that you don’t think will sell can surprise you. It’s damn hard to know what people want!
Jam Tarts is grateful to Jane and Craig Butters for the use of their house and garden. Thanks, guys. (Same time next month?) (and Craig, thanks for ordering a knitted warmer for a certain part of your body, I’ll get onto it right away and will be sure to make it XXL).
I’ve mentioned Godfrey before. He’s the chap who makes beautiful things out of wire and beads, and sells them in Rondebosch on the pavement outside Woolworths. He works with Zenzo, and by now they have both got used to me popping up every now and then with a bit of wood or a sketch for a new idea, and asking them to see what they can come up.
This is what they did with my idea to attach wire around a little mosaic mirror, and then add curly bits.
Although it won’t work from the point of view of grouting (which gets done after the wire gets attached), I’m still fiddling with the edges because I love how it looks and it has a place waiting for it on Alex’s bedroom wall.
So, on to Creative Experiment #2. The brief is to attach wire around the outer edges of the wood and then get a zig-zaggy thing going. Hard to explain, but it’s in my head and there’ll be no rest for me until I get what I want.
I mentioned the other day that I had managed to finish one item for the creative crafty competition. There are now only three days left but yesterday I finished the next item on my list, and pleased I am indeed. It’s a mini mosaic mirror measuring 16 by 13 cm, with its own beautiful wire stand.
I have recently met Godfrey Chitembe, a wire artist who sets up his roadside shop behind Woolworths in Rondebosch. I’ll get a picture of him later this morning and post it because he makes really amazing things from wire and beads, and they deserve to be seen. Anyway, I had this idea to make a little mosaic mirror that sits on its own stand and that is where Godfrey comes in. He made the perfect thing!
It is sufficiently sturdy to hold the mirror, but has a delicate, whimsical look about it. This one is going to live on my dressing table.
Contrary to what my colleagues and friends might think from my behaviour, I actually love deadlines. As a very experienced procrastinator, having to work towards a deadline helps me focus on priorities and somehow it also generates new ideas. And effective shortcuts. Maybe that’s the lazy in me. I would most likely never accomplish a single thing without the imposition of a deadline.