The Traveling Door is a small group of artisans in the Cedar Rapids area. I have been been fortunate enough to be included in and inspired by these women for quite some time. We celebrated our most recent Traveling Door 2013 event in late April but I am just now getting around to showing you some of the highlights from our market.
The talents, artistic direction and styles are as varied as we are. Two of the women create amazing jewelry.
Two others are fabulous with a needle and thread.
Just look at this yellow table and chair of Sally's. They made me ooh and aah out loud.
Meanwhile, Jan's grey and turquoise trunk was flying out the door.
There was also a Mad Men inspired mid-century chair that I was totally smitten with but someone snarfed that up before I could even get a picture of it.
A new artisan brought in a number of canvas art pieces that she created with embellished vintage album jackets. So cool.
I wish I could claim this colorful 70's vibe tray as my own. It so reminds me of a Keith Haring painting. This, though, is a JButterworth piece. Love it.
also showed in our 2013 event.
Tom's pieces are inspired by the every day and each one elicits an emotional response.
As for me, I brought my usual colorful furniture, vases, and finials.
I have to admit, though, that this was a challenging market for me this time around. Not only was I trying to pull a collection together but I was also preparing for our son's wedding and a trip to South Korea. I had a lot on my plate and it showed. In the weeks before a show I usually have things strewn all over my studio and painting garage. This time I missed several key pieces. They didn't even make to the show! As a result I had more items than usual left over.
Like this concrete patio flair.
So I'm seriously thinking about opening an Etsy store or having a BeColorful event on my own. I want to keep creating but I have to move some work out first.
It is always fun to see my visions go to new homes and a number of them did.
Along with this The Help inspired mirror that I sold
I also had a taker for this Hollywood Regency buffet that used to be in my dining room.
That left a big old hole at one end of the room. Never fear, I have already found another piece to fill the void. The new sideboard also needs a coat of paint but more on that project later this week.
Along with the furniture I painted a number of these globe votives and coordinating candlesticks.
Much like when I have a garage sale, some of my favorites were left behind.
They can definitely add a splash of interest all by themselves
but I also like them grouped together.
June is turning out to be one filled out calendar page but hopefully I will be able to carve out some time to either pull together a smaller sale of my own or establish something on the web.