Yesterday marked two years since our very first jewellery exhibition, at the Sheepdrove Eco Centre! My friend Steph was working at the centre at the time and had organised a spot for me. At that point, I had just completed the website, and our first ever display at the Norden Farm Art centre had just finished. I was still buzzing from the sales made from that exhibition to Hugh Fearnley-Whittenstall amongst others who obviously liked my stuff enough to buy them!
I cannot believe how fast time has flown since the show at Sheepdrove. I will always remember how much time it took to organise and design my stall layout, and how furiously I worked into the night the night before, painting fruit crates and stringing pearl necklaces. I was so nervous about how my creations would go down with the general public. Would people like my pieces when I was presenting them face to face, let alone buy them? After all, sales via a cabinet in an art centre was not the same as making sales in person. As we drove up to the centre that day, I started shaking with anxiety, and I recall my partner assuring me that everything was going to be fine, that if it didn’t work out, at least we can say we tried. I really don’t know why I was so worried – I was surrounded by my best friends throughout the day who came to show their support. I am so thankful to them for this – it is because of their encouragement that I continued with Ava Design. Since this show, Ava Design has taken me to many craft fairs and markets across the country, from Worthing, Oxford, Winchester and Egham to the London markets – Camden Lock, Portobello Road and our regular monthly spot of the Putney Pier Art Market. We have driven across acres of wet fields, visited an assortment of stately homes and carried my stall through maze-like boarding schools to exhibit at our shows.
This morning, I found myself looking at photos from the Sheepdrove show, and at this stall layout that I was so very proud of back then. I find it so amusing how different it is to what I set up monthly now. What really caught my attention was how few pieces I had on show then, and how I had not seen some of those pieces for nearly two years! I couldn’t help but look at the other stalls I have held over the years, and cannot believe the things I used to display my jewellery; sanded logs, felt stag busts with matching horns, origami cranes, bamboo paper tray dividers and cork boards to name a few! I have shared a few photos below for your amusement!
Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years, and for helping me make Ava Design what it is today.
Our next show will be at our regular spot at the Putney Pier Art Market on Sunday 7th June – we look forward to seeing you there!