Saga of the Sorrowful Bracelets
You know how you make something that you think is artful and you are excited about showing it off? Well, a couple of years ago I made these "junk" bracelets, a term I dreamed up because I made them from pieces of junk in my assemblage stash.
I really liked them so I showed them in our annual Angel Show and Sale that year. I had five of them as you can see in the photos. ONE sold! ONE! count them --(1) one! Bummer. So the show closed and I immediately took two of them for my very own - you know -- to wear myself.
Last year the other two were on my shelf in the studio with the price tags still on them and one of my guests declared she wanted to buy one for a friend - but she left without remembering to purchase it. That little bit of interest sparked my decision to include those two bracelets in the gift shop of the Wynne Home (see my post about the Wynne Home for more info.) for the Grand Opening last week.
I'm told by the gift shop chairwoman that she and another local artist were fighting over the two bracelets. Since they will be buying them, she wanted me to make some more to put in the gift shop.
GO FIGURE!! How's a gal supposed to know if her work is sellable or not? Mercy! Maybe I was just a few years ahead of the market. LOL.
These are a few of the other things I took to be sold at the gift shop: (left to right) A gift bag, a beaded journal, a wax collage (this one was in a frame), and an artist-made photo album (cover made from my brayered paper. See post June 18, 2005))