Search This Website

ArtFest 2010 - My Artful Trades

I am off to ArtFest 2010 at Ft. Worden, Washington (near Port Townsend) this coming Tuesday... I can hardly wait!  It's just a hop, skip and a jump (well ferry ride) from Victoria to Port Angeles and then on to Port Townsend just down the road (well sorta... )

I have two classes with some great teachers lined up... one with Michael DeMeng and one with Nina Bagley.

I've known about Nina Bagley since I lived in North Carolina.  Nina lives up in mountains (Asheville) and I have always admired her jewelry work.  She does wonderful wire work and that's what I really want to learn and get better at.  She is into narrative jewelry which, being a storyteller, is right up my alley!

Michael DeMeng is another artist whose work I find interesting in a strange sort of way.  I'm not into Cinco de Mayo but  I have heard so many wonderful reports from friends and acquantances who have attended his classes, I just have to find out for myself what the buzz is all about. LOL

I 've wanted to go to ArtFest for about four years now and it seemed something always came in between.  This year, I was determined to go and NOTHING was going to get in the way. It always amazes me (and it shouldn't by now...LOL) that when you set your mind to something and keep focused on it, it happens.  Energy Flows Where Attention Goes... a Hawaiian shaman principle that I continually need to remind myself of...

Being a festival VIRGIN (haven't been one of those for a very long time... chuckle, chuckle), I wasn't sure what to expect.  Fortunately, there is a Yahoo group that one can join to get the "lowdown" on what is happening and what not to forget to bring (like your pillow!).  Being a coffee lover, I went out and bought a little French press yesterday to take with me. I got that great idea from the people posting to the yahoo group. I do love my java in the morning...and someone said they were bringing a kettle to boil water.  YAY!

Early on, after joining the Yahoo Group, I heard about the wild frenzy that occurs when "trading" begins on Wednesday night.  Well I didn't have a clue at first what this was all about but I soon found out. Everyone who wants to participate makes up about 100 pieces of "art" to trade with other attendees.  The first thought that went through my head was :  "Oh dear, I hate doing production line stuff." and the second thought was "Well, you don't have to."  That let me off the hook to decide what I would make for my trades.

I put my thinking cap on.  Here's what I came up with....

I really had fun making the poker chips for my "claying" weekend a while back.  When I put a photo of them here on my blog, they received a lot of wonderful comments.  I decided that Poker Chips would be trade #1.

My second trade came from some digital Moo cards and bookmarks I designed a few months ago.  When I showed them to friends and family, one of them turned out to be a favourite.  I was particularly proud of this one because I  digitally designed the rusty alphabet myself which I used in the Moo card and bookmark. That would be trade #2.

My third trade idea came from my business cards.  I get a lot of wonderful remarks from folks when they see my business card.  It's different.  It's fun.  People keep it.  It amazes me how it gets shown around and I have people coming up to me to ask me for one of those "cute" business cards  When that started happening, I knew I had a hit on my hands.  Chuckle.

There is a little story behind my business card.... A few years back I wanted something different than the regular, run of the mill business card.  Something that reflected who I was and what I did.  Well, as anyone who knows me could tell you, I love to have fun, I love to surprise, I love to laugh, I love doing digital work and I can be a "cheeky" little devil at times.  I am also into vintage *stuff*. So I designed a card that I felt reflected who I am. What about making that trade #3?  "Why not?" I thought.  It is "arty"!

Below is a sample photo of all my trades,  Got them all finished last night.  They are ready to go... I've got lots (probably more than I will ever trade but what the heck huh?) so it should be fun to see how many "trades" I can negotiate next week.  I made an empty chain necklace to take with me to "string" trades I receive.  I think I am going to have one very, very wonderful "artful"  necklace by the time ArtFest is over.  I've been looking at some of the trades other attendees are making and they are just fantastic.  This is going to be a bowl full of frenzied fun...

I'll be back home next Sunday and once I have had a few day to recover (grin), I'll share my experience with you.

Have an "artful" week everyone and see you again soon.



  1. I gave my Artfest slot to my sister after my husband's recent open heart surgery. He is recovering well, but still is not ready to go it alone for days at a time.
    This would have been my 5th Artfest.
    Prepare to have a wonderful time. You will meet 500+ people that "get it". It is just the most supportive environment.
    Watching Michael is a lesson in what teaching ought to be.

  2. Great looking trades. You are going to love Artfest.

  3. Have Fun and come back with ideas!!!!
    Love your trades

  4. I look forward to your Art Fest tales when you next come over for a Guild meeting. Port Townsend is one of my favorite places and spent many days camping at Fort Worden in the past.
    Your trades should wow them.

  5. Sharon, your trades look great and you'll enjoy ArtFest. I'm going, too, and hope to meet you.

  6. Have a great time at the Artfest. You have two great tecahers lined up. Great looking trades. Can't wait to hear your stories when you get back.

  7. Great trades! I hope I meet up with you while you have some left. :)

  8. Hi Sharon,
    Your trades are fabulous! Looking forward to meeting you in a couple of days - this is my first ArtFest as well, although we've attended the vendor night a few times. Which Michael deMeng class are you taking? I'm in Cave of Pages...
    Cathy Mitchell (in Dorm 202)

  9. Hi Sharon -

    I just read your blog and am excited to meet you! I am in Dorm 203 and one of the java junkies bringng a french press as well. Let's trade!

    Ilene Harris
    Fortuna, Ca. (Redwoods of Humboldt County)

  10. I'll be at Artfest too, hope to run into you there and do a trade! I carry them around with me all the time, never know when a trading opportunity will come up in a class or at breakfast! I'm in Dorm 225, I was there last year too. YAY ARTFEST!

  11. Aawwww....How sweet. I love them! Hope to see you at Artfest!

  12. Hi Sharon,
    I love all the things that you are taking to the trade show.
    I am sure that you will be run over with people wanting to get some of your goodies.
    Have fun....I so enjoy your enthusiasiam

  13. Your going to have an amazing time! I am so excited for you and I can't wait until you get back and share your experience. Your trades will be just the ticket to take along. Have fun, be crazy and inventive!, and you should wear your hat!

  14. sharon!if you send me your address i will send you a charm to ad to your necklace..i am the one who did the little artfest lavender bags with the art fairy girl on them!
    take care...


Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wise, witty or wonderful comment. I truly appreciate it. Unfortunately, a marked increase in spam has made it necessary to turn on word verification again. Hope you understand!