This weekend, the Indie Craft Parade jurying took place, and today was the day we let everyone know whether or not their work made it into the show. The entire premise of Indie Craft Parade is promoting handmade goods because they’re personal. So, letting people know that their work didn’t make it in was really tough.
And that was even before the nasty replies started coming in.
So far, in the process of organizing Indie Craft Parade, the overall response has been positive. Both in the local community and the online one, people have seemed thrilled about what we are doing! But when the competition is stiff and spaces are limited, there are bound to be hurt feelings.
In school, we were always told not to take criticism of our work personally. But part of me thinks that’s impossible. Art is personal. There’s no way around that. For some, Indie Craft Parade is simply not the best venue to showcase your goods, and that’s okay. For others, it may require a little research to figure out how to make your work stand out from others who are doing similar things.
It might sound like I’m talking to everyone else, but this is for me too. At the moment, Indie Craft Parade is my work. Erin and I have both spent countless hours to make this happen, with still many more ahead of us. And we’re doing this without pay because we believe in artists and want to help them sell their work. So emails accusing us of running a scam and picking favorites are both laughable, and hurtful. And it’s hard not to take personally.
If you applied and didn’t make it in, I hope that you’ll come to the show this September, both to support your fellow artists, but also to check out the competition first hand. I really think this is the best way to understand “the vision for Indie Craft Parade” and to know what you can do to improve your chances for next year.