I had my first Open Studio event this past Saturday. My studio is in my home and I spent much time cleaning the house to get ready for the event.
I set up my display wall in our living room so I could put out some more of my artwork. I had several pieces hanging in the house and on the design wall. I think it was good for people to see my work on the walls in my home; to see that this art made from fabric can be displayed just like a painting.
Snacks were set out with a vase of fresh flowers cut from my yard.
In my studio, I had my machine set up so I could demonstrate how I do free motion stitching (which you can also see in a video here). At one point while I was demonstrating, someone realized that I did not have the design marked on the fabric; that I was actually just "making it up" as I sewed. Yes, I do not pre-mark my designs when I'm doing free motion stitching and I think that is something I should explain in the future.
I had available my business cards, postcards for an exhibition in which I currently have an artwork, a mailing list sign-up sheet and a sheet with information about my current and upcoming exhibitions.
This open studio was not in conjunction with any organization or other artists. It was something I did on my own to see how it would go.
I had sixteen people come, which I thought was a pretty good turnout. I already knew most of the people, but not all of them were familiar with my work. I sold one small piece.
It was a good learning experience and I am glad it is over. I need to get back to actually concentrating on making some artwork.