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first gallery exhibit

Angela Valley

bling! jewelry art exhibit

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my first exhibit! as most things, it came with a learning curve. even with being a seasoned vendor, this was the first time i had to met the requirements the gallery owner wanted for the show. this was the most significant part for me since i have my own brand, and want to keep things in the same clean, modern and simple concept i have set for my business. after some negotiation we came upon a compromise. not only for the gallery exhibit did i learn to set boundaries prior to signing any contracts, i also learned to have them for the photography, modeling, and photo shots happening behind the scenes as well. 

this is a great lesson for other women or any other business owner. learn to have negotiation skills when you need something. being assertive, direct, strong, and decisive are great assets in business and do not mean your are a bitch. do some research prior to signing up for projects and if something does not meet your standards, contact the owner and set up a meeting to negotiate your terms and hopefully in the end you can come to an agreement. there is no reason why the integrity of either company needs to be compromised. if there is no middle ground, perhaps it is time to accept that project is not going to be part of your story and it is time to move on to the next thing.

opening night for the exhibit was like being in a can of sardines; there were so many guests. this was a good thing since it gave exposure to a lot of other designers. i had my mom, sister with my niece and nephew as well as a lot of good friends come by to support me. thank you! i have told them before but i really do appreciate it. 

will i do another gallery exhibit? it depends on the specific parameters of the gallery. i know i will have more of an opinion on models wearing my designs, what they wear, how they have their hair and makeup, who is photographing my designs, how they edit the photos, and if i have autonomy for my display set-up during the exhibit.

overall i do suggest getting out there and trying; how else would i have learned if i had not been a part of this project?  

 

yellow springs street fair - summer 2013

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This was not my first rodeo to set-up at the street fair but it never gets easier. Luckily this year I was able to recruit my girlfriend Meghan to help me out.  She was fabulous. Not only did she wake up at 4am so I could pick her up at 5, but she also was a stellar partner to help me sell a ton of jewelry. I felt that having her say who I was and what I do went smoother than me touting myself. I liked that. She helped me load in and out of my spot, set-up my display, tag and label the jewelry, organized my cash box (I'm so horrible when it comes to organization.), and one of my favorites, helped watch my booth when I need to get a break for a quick bit. I rarely have anyone help me out, so this was such a treat. 

The day was beautiful. I could not have prayed for better weather. A slight breeze with cooler temperatures made for the perfect fair. People start shopping at 8 (Even though it technically starts at 9. They like to get in and out early to beat the crowds.).

A small hiccup occurred around 9:30am when the online credit card system went down. Not to fear because most people paid cash and I accepted personal checks. I have learned to roll with the punches. 

People piled in my booth, giving compliments, leaving with a cute little Angelflie Design gift bag. I was commissioned for several custom pieces including two wedding bands, a pair of earrings, and a necklace. Those are some of my favorite things to do for people. I love being the person that can help someone out. If it means making you a necklace with a specific engraving, I'm your girl. (Or any other special request for that matter.)

At the end of the day Meghan and I were completely drained. We packed the booth up in about 30 minutes (a record!) and heading back home. We stopped off for some burritos and decompressed. We giggled at how exhausted we where and busted out laughing at how clumsy I got. 

I have learned I can not control things and that I have to just let things be. Even with all the preparation to have the day execute flawlessly, it rarely does, however I will always look forward to the next street fair. The next one for this year will be held on October 12th.  

 

 

a husband's love

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I set up an appointment to meet my friend Jason at my favorite Thai restaurant in SE Portland. During our lunch he pulled out a black satin bag filled with beautiful, raw cut citrine gemstones. He explained to me that while he and his wife Cynthia were visiting Miami, Florida  they stopped in at a gem store.  While looking around he managed to preoccupy her and bought six simple stones as well as one amazing larger one.

He knows she adores the golden, translucent stone and wanted to commission me to create a piece "worthy for a queen." First off, how adorable is that. This guy actually pays attention enough to know what his wife's favorite gemstone is (I'm sure it's second to diamonds.), but he also managed to buy the stones unbeknown to her and now was coming to me to design a necklace and earring set for her. Second, I just think any woman would love for her man (or woman) to treat her to something like this. It is so sweet!

I was touching the stones imagining what placement they would have on her neck, when I noticed they were not reamed (or rather they did not have a drill hole for the wire to go through.). At that time in my metalsmithing practice I had yet to do bezels. However I was not deterred for I am a very persistent woman! I connected with my local jewelry store where I got my supplies and asked for contacts of people who ream stones. I think I called about 10 different people before I came across an older gentleman who lived about 40 minutes east of town. I drove out there to meet him in his studio. He told lots of stories while I was there, about how he was retired now and just tumbles stones for fun. Once he fired up his drill he was finished within five minutes.  Now onto the fun part for me.

I drove back to my studio and was anxious to get these stones into the necklace I had been planning for weeks now. (It took longer than I anticipated to find someone to ream for me.) 

The necklace turned out so elegant. Cynthia has olive toned skin and the sterling silver metal shines brilliantly on her. The best thing about this is that I got to take a husband's love for his wife and put it into physical form for her. That is partly why I love doing what I do. Taking something from nothing and creating a piece that means the world.