We made it!
There were times when I really didn't think we would...but we did!
There was a last minute (before the printing of the price list, signs, catalogue etc) trauma with my computer.
And lost all it's data.
DO NOT MENTION THE 'BACKUP WORD!!!!
Despite a promise from the supplier that my frames for my paintings would arrive in plenty of time, they arrived two days before we left leaving me to paint 8 frames and actually stick them around my paintings in 8 hours - they all needed 3 coats and despite having a short coated dog (Manchester Terrier), in the extreme heat we have been having, he is conveniently moulting!
Karen meanwhile had all her framing equipment to hand only to find the blades were blunt and had to make a last minute dash to a local and ever so friendly but also manically depressed framer who saved the day! At great expense! Hooray!
I then got a last minute 'good luck' text from a lovely art friend who asked me who I insured my paintings with when I go to art festivals as she was looking to do one in the future and just wondered....ha!
Admit it - you thought I had forgotten didn't you?
Luckily I am a member of two organisations that provide insurance for such events.
The SAA and the GSA.
I am an Gold member and Professional Artist of the SAA which gives me some great benefits including:-
They have a great support package for it's members including the Original Art Register which protects artists copyright by cataloguing the artwork, along with relevant images. For only a few pounds per artwork it is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Along with comprehensive legal advice and extensive knowledge in areas that most artists will utilise, such as picture framing, fine art printing and exhibiting artworks it is a good way to develop your art career with their knowledge and support to guide you.
So armed with two cars crammed full of paintings, greetings cards, prints, hammers, nails, screws, screwdriver, banner, table cloths, paint, brushes, canvases, easel, aprons, in the safe knowledge that it was all insured, off we went!
Patching is a great event. Friendly and full of like minded people happy to help and willing to advise and share their methods.
It was hot when we arrived and even hotter through the four days we were there. We had a great position in the marquee but unfortunately airflow was limited. After a few attempts at 'unstitching' the side of the tent, we found a friendly steward who managed to make a hole large enough for us to breathe through but small enough to deter people looking for a short cut.
Karen set up her demo lino cut - a Razorbill!
A lot of interest was from fellow printers who wondered how on earth she managed to print a 3 colour lino cut in the heat - it wasn't easy and Karen actually declared it a bit of a failure - but I loved it and so did others! It was really too hot for the ink though and as fast as she could roll it on the ink dried making the outcome a bit patchy - or interesting textured if you're a glass half full kind of person!
Despite the heat everyone remained cheerful and positive and we had some great visitors to the stand.
Patchings is also great for ticking off all the items on your Art Shopping List and both Karen and I had promised ourselves that we would not get carried away buying even more things for our private art store - I mean, studio. But we would allow ourselves to go and look once we had made our first sale.
Which was a card.
There was a brawl over who would get to go round the art suppliers tents first!
I won and came back with a nice shiny set of Pan Pastels which I had promised myself after attending a fabulous Pastel workshop by Les Darlow, who was also demonstrating there.
Pan Pastels are NOT cheap and the £2 greetings card didn't really cover it, but with a promise to use them extensively I convinced myself that I would easily make the outlay back in art sales once I had got the hang of them.
From then on we deiced that as long as we covered the cost of our wine consumption while we were there we would be happy.
We were very merry indeed....every night!
The last day was of course already going to be written off by the World Cup but as England hadn't made it through the semi finals we breathed a small sigh of relief. It was only the Wimbledon Final that would keep people away.
It was indeed quieter than the other 3 days, but still busy enough to keep us entertained until about 3pm when everyone seemed to disappear. It is always the last hour or so of a show that is torture for the stall holders as the clock ticks slowly and visitors dry up.
Furtively we began to pass things through the hole in our tent one by one, and scurry them away to the car. By 5.15pm the stand was practically bare and although hot, sweaty and covered in dust from departing cars, we knew we had one last mission to perform.
Get back and unload in time for Poldark!
Thank you to everyone that made our Print Pastel and Paint adventure to our first Art Festival so enjoyable and to the amazing Patchings team that seem to have it all down to a fine art!
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We are three artists and more importantly friends that share a love of art, wine and cake! Gathering for weekly art making sessions over the last 10 years, and even when one of us moved counties, we are bound together through a common thread whose tapestry of life, laughter and art come together in our first exhibition!