Thankfully, we're all better now. Finally, I can share how the Dia de los Muertos event went. Whew.
This whole night was a huge learning experience for me. I've never hosted a booth to sell my art before. I pushed and pushed for weeks--no, months! I hardly got any sleep (four hours a night for days on end--not something I recommend) and I was a terrible wife and mother. Okay, terrible is kind of harsh. I was a distracted mother and a grouchy, mean wife.
Here are a few things I learned:
- Begin creating pieces in January. Work all year long until Day of the Dead (November 2nd). Then take the holidays off. Believe me, I'll need that long.
- Lighting, lighting, lighting. The generators kept blowing out, leaving our row of vendors without lights off and on the entire night. Not necessarily our fault, but the lighting we did have wasn't necessarily adequate.
- Display shelves. I saw people use crates, old suitcases repurposed into a display case, antique frames to hang artwork, etc. I told my brother (who can pretty much build anything) to walk around and peep ideas we can tweak and use next year.
- Grow a pair. Check in time for vendors was 4:00 and we arrived at 4:10, only to found out I was put on a funky little side street. I walked around the corner and realized I was nowhere near the main drag. I ran around, found the event coordinator, told him I was unhappy with my location and could I move, like right now?! After that it happened really fast. We had to break everything down and move our booth to the other spot, right in the middle of all the action, and set up everything again. You should've seen me, running down an alley dragging a table. Heheheeee
- Mod Podge is like crack to me. Resist the urge to put it on everything.
- Face painting. Give yourself adequate time to create your Day of the Dead face. I didn't even get to outline my face the way I wanted. Booooo.
- Hanging my original artwork. Next year, I will definitely display all of my original artwork. My husband reworked my beloved Frida Kahlo painting and we decided to display it that night and it drew so many people into our booth it was amazing!
All in all it was a great experience. I definitely want to do this again next year!
|I could not have done it without my mama. She pushed me, helped me organize, was my financial supporter, my part-time housekeeper--everything! Love this woman--she is ride or die!|
|My husband Michael supported me, too. He did all of my screen-printing, he was there to bounce ideas off of and he helped me bring my vision to fruition. And look at this amazing sign he painted for me. It was perfect!|
|My niece Selah was there to help her mama sell their custom hair pieces. She was getting her hustle on all night long!|
|The finished skulls!|
|We still have several hair accessories left if you are interested.|
|My brother and sister posing with one of the many people in cool costumes and makeup that night.|
|We ended up just giving away bracelets and rings to the little girls who came to visit our booth.|
|Hand-painted rosaries by my brother, Jeshua at BoifromIpanema|
|He also created this uh-mazing Rasta-themed Barbie doll with a mini 'fro.|
|Jeshua's Frida Kahlo doll sold out within minutes.|
|A hand-painted mask created by Sacred Art|
|The face painting looked so incredible!|
|This was an altar right next to our booth.|
|Another hand-painted Barbie from BoifromIpanema.|
|The Barbies were already selling before we were even completely set up.|
|Screen-printing scarves in the studio. Can you tell where I got the artwork from? My punk rocker calavera.|
|The scarves turned out so flippin' adorable that I wanted to keep all of them. I have a few left for sale, I'll put more info about them if you are interested!|
|A Day of the Dead collage that me and Sol worked on.|
|I'm guilty of stress-eating Halloween candy while making some last minute frames.|
|These Loteria card picture frames were so much fun to do.|
|I created this bride and groom design for a wedding gift a couple of months ago. I ended up making a few cards. A woman that had several weddings to attend came and bought them all up.|
|It feels really good to work with family!|
|A last minute idea to create custom light-switch plates was a good one--people loved them!|
|My Siamese Soul Sister hand-painted these skull masks. Her attention to detail is amazing! Look at that crown. It looked like a vinyl sticker, it was so perfect.|
|I'm so sad that since were were so busy in our booth, I didn't get a chance to see the Aztec dancers. LOVE the feathered headdress.|
|People checking out our stuff.|
|Frida kept drawing the people in!|
|Windy conditions that night prevented the dolls from being put up on their stands so that is why they are laid out on the table like that. But that didn't stop the people from buying them.|
|A view from outside.|
We had alot of family visit us that night. Oh, and the chil'rens. They so wanted to be a part of the event, too but I could.not.concentrate with them there. I was concerned someone would wander off and get lost, I was concerned they would knock something down, I was concerned they were getting hungry--I was just plain concerned. I could not take off my mom hat! Even though they came with Michael later in the evening and then supposed to go home with their grandfather, I couldn't relax until they were gone for the evening. Next year, I'll definitely have to make a solid childcare plan.
So, did you see anything you like?
Don't be afraid to ask! There are a few of each item left. They'd make great Christmas gifts, too! You can e-mail Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org. I also plan on making some of work available here on my blog within the next week or so.
Peace and love,