crafty fox market: my first since the pandemic!

Today was the Crafty Fox Summer Market in the Crossing at Granary Square, King’s Cross. My first in-person market since before the big P, and a very welcome experience indeed.

It was definitely a bit intimidating to see a large empty table, even though I’d planned my layout beforehand! But getting the tablecloth on it was the first step, and it just sort of snowballed from there.

I did, of course, film the process for social media.. everything is content, right?!

And here’s how it turned out. I think I started out with a pretty standard layout with my bestsellers at the forefront, tea towels hanging in front as well as stacked, and a variety of prints and cards and postcards in serried ranks.

Everything was neatly labelled… most people, including myself, dislike asking about prices when they’re just browsing, so I wanted to make it super easy for them to just flip through things and have all the basic information right there… they always ask if they want to know more and are genuinely interested in your work.

Of course, my view is of the back of my own work, and I thought you’d like to see what I see all day! There weren’t any stalls facing me, so it was my own reflection looking back at me.

Of course, at a market, it’s all about interaction, so through the day I kept adjusting the stall to fit the way people looked at it, flipped through work and reacted to the display and myself. So, by the end of the day, here’s how it looked.

My sketchbook ended up front and centre because I had so many questions about how I paint and what my inspiration is, so rather than whipping it out each time, it was easier to just have it on the table to draw people in to flip through it.

This was really appreciated by everyone once I had it on display… one lady had a long conversation about how she feels she can’t draw, and my answer, as always, was “have you tried?”. To which, of course – as people always do – she said, “yes, but it wasn’t very good” … but she’d only tried a few times. She was admiring my ‘talent’, but in reality, it’s only about 10% talent and 40+ years of practice… art takes time.

Artists are really only people who never stopped their childhood habit of play: drawing and painting and imagining things. Even just looking at my sketchbook from behind the stall all day inspired me to come home and do more artwork… whether you sell your work as a career like I do or just make art for yourself, it’s always worthwhile having a go.

It was a rather hot day (37ºC!!!!), so when I asked my lovely stall-neighbour Corina to take a photo of my during a lull, it was of a very sweaty-looking me behind my stall!!! But at least I remembered to get one, when I am usually the one behind the camera.

Arati Devasher Illustration at Crafty Fox Market

I loved the experience of being back at an in-person market again, especially with the lovely Crafty Fox Market run by Sinead, and will definitely be doing more. Sign up to my VIP mailing list to be notified of my upcoming events, exclusive offers and behind the scenes bits and bobs.

If you’re one of the people who had a chat with me or bought from me, thank you so very much for making my day so wonderful. I look forward to seeing you at the next one!

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