Archive for October, 2009


News Flash(es)

Wooohoo!  For those of you who have grown frustrated scanning the ironically labeled “Available Fobots” gallery on and seeing nothing but evil (well, evil for you but GREAT for me) red “SOLD” signs next to all the pictures, your wait is over!  I have FINALLY uploaded 48–count’em–48 new pages to the site!  That’s 44 bots and 11 necklaces.  And most of them are still actually available!  I say mostly, because four have sold already.  Maybe more by the time you read this, but hey!  The point is, I finally did it.  And now I can return to the Fobotorium with a clean conscience.90-91_WWC1109-2-2

And speaking of the Fobotorium–you may recall that several months ago, the magazine “Where Women Create” stopped by to take a few pictures.   If you’ve ever been curious to see the place where Fobots are born, as you’ve never seen it before (i.e., clean) now’s your chance.  The Winter edition features 8 smokin’ pages of bots, bots, and more bots.  And my studio.  And my dog.  Oh, and some other artists.  And their awesome workspaces.  If you’d like to get a copy, I believe Barnes & Noble and Borders have them.  Unless you’re a close friend or relative  of mine, in which case don’t look, you’re getting one for Christmas.


Hard Time on Beth Row

bothesda2Don’t worry, I’m not going to make you look at another picture of the booth.  Because, although Phil took several photos at the Bethesda Row Arts Festival last weekend, I don’t want to see them.  You don’t want to see them either.  The artist in those pictures is NOT happy.

Yup, the Bethesda Row Arts Festival was so awful, we started calling it “Beth Row”.  We knew we were in trouble when it started raining on the drive up Friday night and NEVER STOPPED UNTIL SUNDAY.  Setting up Saturday morning was further complicated by the fact that the organizers had put down chalk marks to map out the booth spaces the night before (yes, in the rain) and then surprise!  The chalk marks washed away!  Who’d have thunk it?   No one knew where their booth was, a problem that was only mitigated by the many empty spaces left by artists who were too smart to show up.  Mercifully, our set-up went more smoothly than at St. Louis, due largely to our vast amount of experience (hah!), and the fact that we rented a cargo van so that we wouldn’t have to try and reassemble the display units in the early morning cold and dark.

Did I mention the cold?  The temperature never rose above 44 degrees the whole weekend.  Throw in pants and shoes that never dried out on Saturday, and opening day sales that wouldn’t cover the emergency room visit I was sure I was going to need to treat my hypothermia, and you have a snapshot of one of the worst days of my life.

Fortunately, Sunday was a little better.  The rain (mostly) stopped, and although it was still cold,  overcast and windy, we were kept warm by the love of the brave souls who came to check out the art, and even burned a few calories ringing up sales and wrapping up Fobots.  Not as ecstatic a buying frenzy as St. Louis, but at least not a total loss.

And there were some bright spots.  The people were nice, if a little reluctant to take their frozen fingers out of their gloves to extract a credit card from their wallet.  The children were well-behaved and delightful.  I believe every single person we spoke with personally apologized for the weather, thanked us for coming out in it, and promised that it was NEVER like this in mid-October.   Then there was the father and two young boys who so enjoyed seeing the bots that they came back later and performed a skit about frogs for us.  And god bless the woman who, seeing how badly I was shivering, gave me her disposable hand warmers.  I’d still rather have been home in front of the fire and a bottle of tequila, but on the whole, it could have been worse.  But not by much.

So instead of a picture of me shivering so hard that my image is a blur, I leave you with a Fobot I made specially for the show; “Bothesda”.  Notice the “Maryland Club” tin.  And since his bag reminded me of a doctor’s bag, let’s make that “Boththesda, MD”. 

Of course, since he didn’t sell, I think I’ll change his name.  Any suggestions?


Now THAT’S a Booth Shot

Are you tired of all the pictures of our Fobot booth?  No?  Really?  Oh, you’re just being nice.  But what I am about to show you is officially the BEST BOOTH SHOT EVER.  Here’s what happened…

After St. Louis, we spent a lot of time evaluating what we did wrong (wobbly pedestals on uneven ground + small children = disaster).  Ok, maybe not a LOT of time.  Our next show in Bethesda, Maryland, is only a week away now.  But we came up with a display unit design that proved to be cool looking, easy to assemble and break down, and solid as a rock.  And then, of course, we needed to set the whole thing up again, tent and all, so I could get a picture for upcoming show applications.  That’s a helluva lot of work for one photo, but art fair juries are extremely competitive, and I’ve been reading a lot lately regarding the importance of having a good booth shot.  Something accurate, something that shows your work to  advantage, but something artistic and eye-catching as well.  I did a lot of research, and one thing that I noticed was that nobody had any shots taken at night.  Hmmm, how much extra work would it be to set up the lights as well?

So last Monday, we went to work.  Funny how much easier and less stressful it is to set up when the clock’s not ticking.  Got it all up early enough to take plenty of daylight shots in case the night-time plan wasn’t feasible.  And then we waited for dark.  And waited.  Neighbors wandered by, wondering if gypsies had encamped on our friend’s parking pad.  The wind started picking up.  Clouds started rolling in.  Just a little longer, it’s still not dark enough yet.  Rumbles of thunder and lightning getting closer.  Closer.  Finally, Phil said “We’ve got to get out of here before Armegeddon starts”.  Just a few more pictures, please? 

And that’s how we got this:apps-booth

October 2009

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