August 28, 2008

American Craft Expo

We just returned from Evanston, Il, just outside of Chicago, exhibiting at the American Craft Expo. The show was fantastic. I just wish Michelle Obama had come, since it was in her neighborhood, but I guess she is kind of busy!

What I wanted to show you was a little of what goes on before and after a show. We have about 1000 lbs. of stuff
to get there, between our stock and our booth, and need a little help, especially during the fall shows which are
very close together. This show is 1000 miles away, so we have Josh Chaiken, of Art in Motion, take it all for us,
as our studio time is precious just before a show of this caliber. Then we can fly and avoid two days of driving.

Josh doesn't come to Long Island to pick it up, so we meet him at a convenient location, often as here near the 
Javits Center. We have two large crates plus three smaller crates to hold all the stuff. We try to do it late at nite
when NYC traffic and heat have died down.

If you do craft shows, have you found a good way to transport your stuff?


Alex Solla said...

Maryska- At what point did you find it to be more practical/economical to have someone else move your stuff from show to show? I remember being so in AWE of you showing up at the Fine Craft Show with nothing but luggage bags filled with gorgeous coats. Lots to be said for travelling light!

Toshiki and Maryszka said...

Alex-I guess it was when we realized no one could replace us in the studio, but someone could replace us more efficiently with their truck. Our studio time, and the energy we save not moving our stuff, is more valuable to save.