"Put on your big girl-or big boy pants," depending on who is speaking to whom. This phrase is uttered more and more often around our house these days. Rejection. It's everywhere, lurking around every corner, left as phone messages, subtly foreshadowed in titles of emails, head on in the grocery store. Rejection. For me rejection is always accompanied by a slight jolt to my inner self. I allow myself a few moments to wallow. Then I hold my head up and step boldly forward to what ever is the next step.
Part of being a successful artist-craftswoman is learning to deal with rejection very early on. It will happen throughout your entire career. There is no getting away from it.
This post is not meant to be doomy or gloomy. My intention is to alert people to expanded possibilities to see cool art and beautifully hand-crafted stuff at your local Farmer's Markets. Not sure what the average number of rejections are for the hard core traveling-art-fair-entrepreneur-craftspeople-gypsies, but my track record runs about 50%, 50% acceptance, 50% rejection. What options are available for someone like me who can't stop making stuff? Local Farmer's Markets.
Art shows magically appear on Friday's for a weekend. Then are disappeared on Monday mornings. If you failed to buy that fabulous object, you're most likely 'outta luck.' But at your local Farmer's Market, you have the very real possibility of knowing those artist/craftspeople will be returning a few times over the course of the summer. You can go back AND bring your friends and you ALL can leave with fabulous objects you can't live with out! You can actually develop a long-term satisfying relationship with your favorite craftperson!
Don't have time for the local art show this weekend? Check out your local Farmer's Market. I can almost guarantee you'll artist/craftspeople selling fabulous stuff, holding their heads up high as the find their way around the bitter body slam of rejection.
Oh yeah, there's ALWAYS terrific locally grown produce, hand made pies, jams, flowers and lots of other really wonderful stuff at Farmer's Markets. But you already knew that!
I'll be at the following Farmer's Markets this week:
Thursday July 16, at the McHenry Farmer's Market.
Saturday July, 18th at the Evanston Farmer's Market.
No sniveling. Just smiling and genuinely happy to be there!
Wrap your wrists with Love!
I've completely given into my lifelong love of beads, stones, making stuff and stories, not particularly in that order.