I'm not sure you can fully explain to anyone what it's like to be one of the artists on the Eastside Culture Crawl. I have people ask me how it went and I try to explain how I feel afterwards, but I'm not sure I can convey the feelings. Exhausted - yes. Tired of hearing my own voice - for sure.....but I also feel so grateful and so filled up.
We get thousands of people through our studio in 3 short days and get the opportunity to chat with many of them. I get to have conversations about art, life, and love and how these things connect for me and shape my work. I get to hear people's stories, and find out about what they do. I get fully inspired by the creative projects that other people share with me. I get completely moved by being told that what I do inspires them.
I have people who come back to see me each year to see what is new. We have families that come back each year and I get to see how the little girls have grown up. I have sweet friends come by with hugs to share with me, even though i've had my head burried in my studio for months and haven't been able to see them.
Some of my favourite moments of this years culture crawl:
I told a man the name of one of my pieces "My Scratched Up Heart Necklace" He asked why no one's ever polished it for me? He bought one and said he was going to take it home and polish it.
Showing off our Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration pieces to people and telling them the story of how the 3 of us work together. One of my favourite customers told me that we were on the right track and that one day these pieces would be on display in New York.
Crouching down to be the same height as two little girls who are probably about 4 and 6 years old to have a pretty real conversation with them about art and fruit leather. I was pretty smitten by these two so i gave them each an enamelled pin to keep.
Adam - pictured below. None of us knew Adam before this day but he had an incredible creative energy and the desire to be our male shirtless model for the Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration group. How could we say no?
A big Thank-you! to everyone for sharing my favourite weekend of the year with me! xo pkk