Friday, September 30, 2011

Explaining Ephemeraology

Last night I had another first - my very first booth at a vendor fair!

I am so excited that I got to be a part of Ladies Night Out, a Reporter-sponsored event that's held every September.  Last night was the 9th annual!  It felt very odd to be on the other end of this event - for the past seven years Brian and I have done the lights (me), sound and music (that's all Brian) for the fashion show portion of the evening.  We did last evening too, so I got to do it all!

Here's me in my booth.  I have no idea why it appears that I'm holding on to the railing for dear life - we were not suspended mid-air.  :D  Most of the merchandise you see is the culmination of one VERY busy month!  I am also very happy to report that I far exceeded my sales expectations!

The event was 99.9% women (it WAS Ladies' Night Out, after all!).  I got a lot of "lookers" last night and some questions that I wasn't prepared for, but that I'm glad were asked.  Here's my favorite one:

"So, what is this?  What's this all about?"

I was a bit taken aback.  My first instinct was to say, "Well, it's mirrors, clocks and pendants!".  But then I understood something....

Not everyone understands what "this" is all about!

Oh, my dear readers, I know that you "get it".  I feel an ephemeral bond with you.  Many of you who read my posts on a regular basis are here because you share my passion for paper, especially the good old stuff.  But I have to keep reminding myself that not everyone understands what it is that I (and all you other Ephemeraologists out there) do.  So the aforementioned question was a GREAT opportunity to share my philosophy about the everyday paper in our lives.  And it was very rewarding when the woman who posed the question "got it".  I could tell when she did, because I saw the light bulb go on, her "aha moment" discovered.

I also realized even more last night that my art isn't for everyone.  And that's okay!  But if I recruit one new Ephemeraologist every time I do a vendor booth or gallery walk, my work is done.  It is my hope that more people discover the joys of "taking the discarded and making it arted"!

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