As the pace of the festive season ramps up so do the demands on everyone’s precious time. How does one avoid the temptations of over committing? This is now the second year for my Christmas Open Studio and 2014 will be the 3rd Caroli Art & Design Julmarknad I participate in.
With Art classes finished for this term, time could now be reallocated to focus on important prep for my Open Studio and Christmas Market. Several large commissions ensures the kiln is running ‘hot’, with new designs tweaked, perfected and fired to a molten perfection. Art work finalized and framed in the hope of getting better organized for my Open Studio weekend. Well that was the plan!
At 11 pm the night before the first day of my open studio my best laid plans have gone amiss. With display stands to paint and gallery space to prep it looked like a long sleepless night was on the cards.
As the wee small hours ticked past the gallery space starts to take shape and finally my bed beckoned, at least for a few hours before opening time.
Studio ready for the stampede of customers
Directly after the Open Studio once again the Kiln is on overtime as I scrambled to replenish depleted Christmas Decoration stock following a busy and successful Open Studio. Not a bad position to be in.
I love the festive atmosphere of Christmas Markets, the buzzing festive stalls full of gift idea’s, stocking fillers and bespoke goods. Caroli Julmarknad in the city of Malmö has the added bonus of real warmth for the participants as they stroll around indoors with warm glögg and pepperkaker. In conjunction with the well established Julmarknad in Sankt Gertrud, Caroli Julmarknad now in it’s 3rd year encompasses the beautiful Caroli Kyrka (Church) along with the shopping complex. The Church is laden with delicious festive delicatessen food, flowers and candles, while inside the Centre one can find bespoke art and design gifts to suit all tastes. Maria Hall-Person and her team do a fantastic job with a full program of activities to entertain young and old with a traditional Lucia performance, Tomta (Swedish Santa), Beautiful carols from the choir in the church and festive singing by various groups throughout both days for a wonderful Christmas feel.
Added bonus this year with several returning costumers wanting my new 2014 tree decorations. A tradition begins, me hopes!
Open Studio’s and Christmas Markets offers the possibility to meet the public directly and build a rapport with them, as well as the opportunity to buy original art products directly from the artist without the high cost of retail and gallery overheads.
For the artist these forums offer the prospect to showcase new designs, gather wider public opinion/critque of work and bounce ideas. I love getting out to meet people and practicing my Swedish, I can think of no better way to sell my work than having an open studio and participating in Christmas markets. It is wonderful to see my work out on public display and delightful to find new homes for all the art and glass work. It is a joy meeting the lucky new owners and relating a particular story about their newfound treasure. Open Studio’s and Art & Design Markets help Artist’s work get out into the public for more people to find. New buyers discover and learn about the artist through their work in someone’s home, office, or gallery it’s a win win for all.
Please don’t go without leaving a comment below as I would love to hear your opinions/experience of Christmas markets?
How do other artist’s self promote their work to the wider audience of the general public face to face?