Leon & Lulu's Michigan Made Market was such a great experience. First, it's not every day that I get to set up my work in a 'living room' environment. It was just the right cozy vibe and setting. And they have the best, most helpful team. That place runs like a very, very well-oiled machine. It was impressive to watch them work before the store opened.
When I was ready to hang some pieces on the wall, a few of their staff came to take some hanging objects off the wall, found a drill and screws for me, and gave me permission to climb on the couch in my bare feet and get to work. The video above shows a little bit of that.
I haven't participated in many markets, so this was a good opportunity to get more feedback from potential customers. Just watching to see if they looked at my work, what they looked at, and listening to them as they passed by can be useful information. Yes, even if two ladies walked by and one said to the other, "You can totally make that," it's useful in some way. (Especially when the other lady responded, "No, I can't. I don't know how to weave." Thank you, second lady, for appreciating that some degree of skill has gone into this.)
On the home page of my website, it says "please touch." And I do mean that. My work is intentionally tactile. The sensory quality of it is part of its value, almost therapeutic. That said, it still fascinates me when people touch everything, without hesitation. I suppose there is some tacit permission given we are in a retail environment. Customers can pick up, try on, and carry around whatever they may be interested in. Still, it's just interesting to watch people reach out and dig their fingers right into a fluffy weaving.
As usual, the most curious pieces were the "Squishy Vases," a series of big crocheted vessels made with thick hand-felted wool yarn. People understand the wall hangings - they hang on the wall. But the sculptural pieces, even though they are sitting on a table, seem to present a mystery. What are they and what do you do with them? Oftentimes, my answer is not sufficient. Oh, well.
I'm grateful to the wonderful setting and day at Leon & Lulu, and thankful to the owners and team for making it an easy and worthwhile experience.
Sunday, June 12, I’ll be on hand with my latest woven and knotted work at Leon & Lulu in Clawson, Michigan.
I’ll have new hand-woven wall hangings in a range of sizes - from itsy bitsy to statement pieces. And I’ll have new pieces in shadow boxes you can hang on the wall or place on a shelf. (A few in-progress sneak peeks are below.)
There will be dozens of makers in the always fun atmosphere of Leon & Lulu - if you’re local or in town, bring a friend!
Sunday June 12 - 11AM-5PM
Leon & Lulu
96 West 14 Mile Road
Clawson, MI 48017
P.S. All new items will go live on my website shortly after the market. It’s been a while since it’s been updated so I’ll let you know when they’re up! (I think the kids call that a “drop”?)
I’ll be previewing more pieces on social media, so if you see something you’re interested in but aren’t able to make it to the market, give me a shout!
My work - almost a dozen wall hangings and one-of-a-kind modern tassels - will be included in this year’s Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC) Holiday Shop, December 2-21 in Birmingham, Michigan. Open Monday-Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-4.
Holiday Shop includes dozens of other artists and is a great opportunity to support artists and the art center, buy local and check off your gift list!
yarns and snippets is a little corner where I'll share some writing, recording my story in a way that's more comfortable for me - long form over social media. so, a bit of a journal and a record of my work, workshops, markets and weaving and knotting journey.