Christmas Markets 2018
I’ve just finished my last Christmas markets for the year and wanted to give a run down on how they went. Markets are extremely challenging for me, they demand a lot both physically and mentally but are always so fun I don’t notice until the day is over. I’d gotten into a bit of a rut with my art, becoming unmotivated and even though I really liked what I was creating, was beginning to think no one else was.
So these markets were great for me. I reconnected with people who loved art too and got a lot of positive feedback.
This month I did the Made on the Left Christmas market in Fremantle and my first Etsy market in Perth. Neither display was a very big production for me. I didn’t want to wear myself out moving heavy displays and I’ve decided to stop bringing so many big canvases to markets as they run too great a risk of being damaged. Both displays basically fit onto one table each.
This was my first time showing off my protea drawings and they were very warmly received. I’m not sure they go with my main style and I may keep them to my Bluethumb gallery, I’m still thinking about it.
I don’t know who gets more excited about my art, grownups or kids. They both equally love toys.
A lot of people wanted a business card and I basically haven’t done one as I could never think of which picture to use but I think I’ve come up with a solution to that…more on that coming up over the next few months.
I was delighted to sell some originals; including the Tardis drawing I recently finished and had brought out that one time. I get a little sad when I sell an original, I’m super happy it sold but will also miss it as I get so used to seeing them in my home.
I made a couple of meme type prints to see how they would go and they sold almost immediately so I think I’ll be doing more.
Making their debut at these markets were my sonic screwdriver mugs, Dr Who and Harry Potter wrapping paper, protea drawings and Lego Tardis drawing. All of which were very well received.
When things got slow I made use of the time by mapping out a plan to do more markets next year and how I could improve my displays and marketing. I gave myself a market budget and plan on sticking to that. Hopefully that will result in about a dozen markets next year. That’s the plan anyway…I have to get into the markets first!