These are pictures of things I like from Camberwell Market – mainly toys, strange porcelain characters and cat-related items. When I imagine my dream environment, I see lots of art and photography, definitely some of my own as well as my favourite artists. Not so much decorative porcelain ornaments. Maybe a photograph of them would suit me better.
The last installment of the Blender Lane Market series was superb. The organizers Nicole, Matt and George, did such an amazing job making sure stallholders were taken care of. This time, we had Zoe with us, and she brought along her beautiful handmade purses. They had her signature style all over it. Sam had sketchbooks, money boxes and pins on the table, which inevitably capture the imagination. I had art prints, portraits and jewelry.
I was nervous the day before, because it the weather forecast said it was likely to rain. Blender is an outdoors market. But everyone rallied with marquees and tarps, and more importantly, smiles on their faces. Stallholders, I salute all of us! We were out in the wind and cold, rugged up in layers, and downing all manners of hot liquids – coffee, soup, even fruity mulled wine.
Sometimes, markets can be slow in terms of traffic, which mean lower sales. But there are non-monetary benefits that come with showing up:
- Meeting friendly, talented people that are out showcasing their passion. Seeing the creative output of others is both inspiring and encouraging!
- Practicing being wholly responsible for the outcome of your day (a practice microcosm for your life)
- Exposure for your business. Even if people don’t buy your product, they will take business cards. It is easier to remember a warm face-to-face encounter if they require your services down the line
- You can do a service/product swap with stallholders
- Becoming friends with people who drop by the market
So if you’re ever thinking of giving it a go, it’s pretty low-risk, there is usually no long-term commitment, and a bowlful of fun with the right people.
I did some drawings at this market yesterday, which was part of a party called Homemade Jam. It was cold and rainy, it would have been perfect stay-in weather. It was so worth it though! I was really glad that I braved the weather, and overcame my doubts. I got to meet wonderful people, drew portraits, watched other artists make art, had a boogie and explored a new part of town!
I’ve also decided that wherever I go, I can almost always have a fun adventure, as long as I have a camera with me. Things are not as drab as they seem when you frame bits of them through a lens.
Yesterday, I drew portraits, had a great time with Nuwan and Surangi, chased down dumplings, and bought little treasures, one of which is from the delightful Hanna.
Bend and Snap market was super fun. 1000 £ Bend is a great venue for a chilly Sunday, where you can get hot toasties and warm coffees that fill your belly with joy. I had the honour of drawing portraits for some beautiful individuals yesterday, and it was a most enriching experience.
Nuwan had a music set on at different market in Brunswick, and I popped away for an hour to check it out. It was so great to see him playing his music to an audience. A good day!
I’ll be at another market this Sunday the 25th, the Bend and Snap Market at 1000 Pound Bend. It’s from 11-4pm, and I’ll be selling some original art, some prints, zines, and jewelry. I might even do some fresh portraits! Sam will be there too with his record sketchbooks, and so will Dave, with his comics and prints! Come down!