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  • Deeply Disappointing - Warning - A Bit of a Rant!

    This morning I went to a craft show run by a county guild of crafters and I was really upset by the lack of quality. Out of about 70 stalls, less than 10 were of really good quality with well finished work... they were the wood turners, the potters, an amazing paper cutting artist, an impressive bargework painter and an extremely talented knitter of Shetland Lace.

    The rest of the stalls did not even hit mediocre, badly knitted children's clothes made from inferior yarns, beadwork some of which looked suspiciously like Chinese imports and mucky (as in trailing glue and fingerprints) cards.

    I spoke to one of the lady knitters and was chatting about the wools that she used and the merits of one yarn tape over another but when I asked about one of the tapes that she used which I had not seen before, her mind went blank and she stopped knitting all together when someone asked her how she knitted with Rico Can Can. Now I think that one of the great things about Craft Fairs is sharing your skills with potential buyers.

    I feel miffed on some many levels... this was meant to be a guild of crafters, to me that implies a level of competence which was sadly lacking. Do these crafters not go to other shows to see how their work compares... I spend so much time thinking that my stuff is not good enough.

    I look at the work that I see on here and feel so annoyed that that level of skill we display was not out there today.
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    I have been to fairs like that. You wonder how they dare charge for the stuff. The organisers obviously don't have a vetting system. As you say, it doesnt speak well for the Guild which is supposed to represent the best.
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    • #3
      I'm curious...how were the shoppers reacting to the "lower level" things?

      This is what gets me...so many shoppers go for the less skilled stuff (I think y'all call it tat). But maybe that's because it's cheaper? Or do the general public not recognize quality or lack thereof? And then they come to the better quality stalls and gripe about the prices. SO frustrating.

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      • #4
        I have seen really tatty stuff at some fairs as well. In all fairness how can an organiser vet people before they arrive with their work? I would imagine it would be really hard to tun to someone and tell them they can't stay because their work isn't good enough. I agree that there are those however who seem to think that shoddy, badly made workmanship is a sign of hand made and it is all too common so you are not on your own being irritated by it Ros LOL

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        • #5
          I watched and it was not moving... the only places with queues and conversations happening were the better quality stalls and I heard quite a few asides about the quality. We used to have this issue locally but the organisers really tightened up on what was being sold and now the shows have a really good reputation.
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          • #6
            I was having lunch with some crafting friends on saturday and we were talking about a similar thing in that we had all purchased from craft sites, Misi, Folksy and the like and how many of us had been disappointed with what we had received.

            If an organiser looked at someones site to vet their products it may look absolutely great with good photos and apparently nice work untill you actually saw the goods. Or should they ask for samples to be sent as places like Swanky Maison do ? Personally I wouldn't have a problem sending a couple of samples to an organiser if it ment I was selling at a quality fair in the end.

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            • #7
              If it is a guild then surely they should have a vetting system in place to ensure that this very same thing doesn't occur? It reflects badly on the true craftspeople there and will devalue their work. Are you going to give the organisers feedback?
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              • #8
                Hi Ros,we nearly came to that fair to have a look.I always thought the Guild was hard to belong to. Seems by what you have said,they let anyone join.Was it busy?lol.
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                • #9
                  I had to meet up with one of the groups I work with before I could join the fairs as they like to make sure that everything is handmade. One person showed them hand painted tea towels but turned up at their first fair with shop bought stuff and was asked, very nicely, to not come back after the first day. They did let her stay for the whole day, mainly because she showed up right at opening time and it would have looked bad to have an empty table right at he entrance.
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                  • #10
                    If this was a Guild fair, it is the Guild committee that should be taking the flak not the stall holders. Any Guilds I know of vet everyone before joining, never mind letting them loose in a public fair.

                    Tongue in cheek! They may need these other stall holders to help pay the way for the good crafters. Halls don't come cheap!
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                    • #11
                      Nice to see you rate the turners among the quality stalls though LOL.

                      Pete
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                      • #12
                        Pete, the chaps who were there were super. Their good were so tactile... especially one chap who had made a pear from an Australian seed pod... but what was fascinating were the apertures left from where the seeds would come out. It was just gorgeous.

                        Moni... it was at the RHS place... and knowing what pitches there cost would be very surprised if they covered their table money.
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                        • #13
                          Probably banksia nuts, awful things to turn as they spit at you but they do look good when they are used skilfully. I've seen T lights done with big ones which were effective as well.

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                            • #15
                              Yes, yes, yes that is it! He told us that although he will turn other woods, he could not turn this pod as the "pith" or as I knowingly referred to it "the fluffy bit" released so much dust and debris that it was an H&S risk to lungs.
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