There’s always someone around to help.
There is this little tree down by the hammocks in the woods that has the sweetest pink leaves in the autumn. They fall down all around the tree, making a little pink blanket leaves fit for a princess to nap on.
I just can’t get enough of different shades of brown together. Dark browns, light browns, orangy browns…I love them all. And this piece with its rich brown burlap and dreamy colors really evokes that sort of mystery that I love when I think about life in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
One of our favorite places to go is the river at McIntosh Reserve…sometimes we’ll keep it simple and just go for a walk at the riverside, but other times we’ll all go, toting fried chicken and potato salad. Mark will bring his banjo and it is magic.
From what I’ve learned every artist must design their art fair booth to accomodate their own specific needs. I use reed screens to hang my pieces and a table to demonstrate and set out the smaller frames but I want to spruce it up a bit so that it is prettier and easier to use. I knew that I wanted a natural style to go with my art but I had two important considerations…
1. a strict budget
2. lightweight walls
So, this is what I did (Using the pronoun “I” loosely here since Mark and Riona have helped a bunch):
1. Purchase a reed screen from Home Depot for $25 and cut it in half.
2. Purchase fabric from Online Fabric Store for super low prices particularly if you have a coupon code for flat rate shipping. I got 8 yards of 60″ natural burlap for 4 panels sized 60″ x 72″. It cost under $20 total….would have been over $32 at the craft store.
3. Purchase garlands at the craft store for half off.
4. Attach a bamboo pole (Mark brought some home from a job) to the top with ropes and jute string then fasten garland on to the top as well.
5. Hang the screen from somewhere in the house and beat the cats off of it every two minutes. 6. Attach the burlap with embroidery string at the top. I did both sides (I want the back to covered in burlap too) but only at the top.
7. Run jute string across and tie at intervals through the entire thing so that you have loops to hang the art from and to attach the burlap to the screen on both sides. Redo this at least twenty times until you have it just right.
8. Redo it again.
9. Hang another garland going down the side.
10. Beat the cats off of it.
I am hanging my frames with clothespins and organizing them sort of haphazardly. It always surprises me how much work and effort goes into a relaxed, sort of natural look…sometimes I think it is a harder style to achieve than all anal and ordered and symmetrical. It’s like natural makeup…an oxymoron.
I had the idea to just write each individual frame’s price on its clothespin…this just seems too easy and efficient…am I missing a flaw here? Hopefully not.
I didn’t really bother to straighten up the frames for this last photo…I was too worn out from keeping the cats from climbing the dang thing, picking up dropped clothespins and moving it so the child or the dogs could run through. It was chaos, this whole project was inspired chaos and guess what? I need to do it all again for the other wall. woo hoo.
In September, Mama and I set up our booth at Roopville then at the McIntosh Fall Festival and PowWow.
Both were great experiences and we learned a lot. I got a lot of love from the people coming through…some were outright admiring while others were more like…”hmmm…well, that is interesting.” Between the two festivals I broke even and made a little bit of profit which went directly to funnel cakes and bbq and ice cream homemade by these delightful folks at Cavender Creek.
I have so many questions though…where do I fit in with my frames? Arts…Crafts…Folk Art? Who are my people? Do I go to juried arts shows and festivals or more crafty type community festivals?
One thing I have learned and this came directly from a new friend of mine Ron Free of the Big Duluth Creative Studio…find something that you love doing, stick with it and get really good at it…well, something like that but you know, it resonated and I do believe these twiggy twigs are the thing for me.
The next step…make more frames! Painted frames, framed collages, blank frames, custom frames…..anything that can be sealed down is getting framed! And in between that…keep looking for my people.
The McIntosh Fall Festival is coming up…September 24th and 25th 2011. This is a fun fall festival with PowWow activities…Native American dancing, music, teepees set up, all kinds of cool stuff along with kid’s activities, church bbq and arts and crafts vendors. Also, it runs right along the river…can you tell I love this festival? Well, it is my favorite park after all.
And most exciting (to me) is that I will be camping and vending my frames there this year! Mama, Suzanne and I have teamed up as the Crow’s Nest Collective…offering an eclectic mix of handcrafted goodies.
Annette Hartman presents her beautifully designed jewelry and gorgeous cards…
Suzanne Hartman presents her mossy creations and flower adornments, Woodland Shimmer
and my photography and frames, Wildwood Craftings.
Here’s some more festival info:
“Arts & craft festival featuring Native American craftsman, dancers, musicians, foods, Confederate encampment. Trading blanket Saturday evening. Park offers horse trails, hiking trails, play & splash, primitive camping (no hookups) free to vendors. Beautiful wooded park with wild life, riverside picnic area within minutes of Carrollton, Newnan, and Douglasville. Only handmade arts & crafts!”
My post on this festival from a few years back with more photos is here.
The Roopville Homecoming Festival is a fun little festival right here in my own sweet town…this year it is on September 17th and will go from 8am to 9pm. There will be kids’ activities, church bbq, a parade and of course arts and crafts vendors….oh and a car show! Mama, Suzanne and I have teamed up as the Crow’s Nest Collective to vend there this year (my first show!). I’ve been an arts and crafts festival fanatic for years and now I get to show my own work…can you tell I’m excited?!
My mom, Annette Hartman makes lovely jewelry and handcrafted cards…
My sister just opened an Etsy store, Woodland Shimmer…her mossy creations are magical…
and my photography and twiggy frames are here at Wildwood Craftings.
You can check out an old post of mine about the festival and some more photos here.
A little more info about Roopville from here…
The City of Roopville, was incorporated in 1885, growing from the original settlement started by Martin Roop, his wife, Elizabeth, and their 10 children.
Roop migrated to Georgia from South Carolina and settled in the area in 1855. The Roop family became prosperous farmers and businessmen and contributed to the development of the entire area.
Located on a high ridge in southern Carroll County nine miles southwest of Carrollton, Roopville is a small, close-knit community with a population of about 250.
The Roopville Historical Society founded a museum located off U.S. 27 just past the post office to help preserve the city’s rich history. The historical society also sponsors the annual Roopville Homecoming Festival in September. This will be its 70th year and it will include many arts and crafts from local artist.
The municipal address for Roopville, Georgia is:
- P.O. Box 165,
Roopville, Georgia 30170
For once I can see my path before me…a simple thing but profound…my photography and my frame craft is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. To find something that is spiritually and artfully meaningful to me and then to run with it. Dream, Make, Do…go to festivals…camp out with the family. Work, work, work…I can see what to do now and how to make this happen. What a feeling…wasn’t sure if I’d ever find it.
Ever since that fateful night down at the Goddess Tree when we exchanged gifts, her and I, this path has been waiting for me and now I have found it. I am grateful.
Important things to know…all of my photos are originals and I use archival photo paper with a lustre coating that will last a lifetime. My Twiggy Frames are very sturdy. I use harvested wood, cotton fabric, matte board backing, glue and hemp twine for a durable and well built structure. Also, each photo is bordered by black photo corners. I make sure that every angle of my frames are pretty and finished out (front, back, sides, etc).
I have found great joy in making my Twiggy Frames. Every step of this process has brought adventure, harmony and expression into my life. I go for walks and harvest the branches and twigs, always with gratitude for the gift the trees are giving me. Sitting out under the blue umbrella in the yard, I cut the branches down to shape. They cure for about a month then are ready to be crafted into a frame. My photographs are original and printed on archival quality paper. The subjects vary…but my favorites are birds, old barns, the river out my way and of course the woods. Putting these frames together is like having a conversation with the trees and the image on the photo paper…I am quiet when I pick out the twigs and place them together so that I can hear what they have to say…how they want to lay together to make a window in a Fey world.
Some of my fave frames and photos…