It's been a little over a week since Hal-Con, and things have not slowed down! Without getting too sappy and emotional (warning: this may get sappy and emotional), I wanted to reflect a little on the Hal-Con weekend, because for me it was a super big deal. I've wanted to be a vendor at the convention for the past 4 years, but I never had things either organized enough, the timing was bad, the funds to pay for producing enough product, yada-yada-yada. But this year I was literally refreshing their website every 20 seconds on the night of registration until it went live, and have never typed anything so fast as I did the form! It probably wasn't that necessary to complete it that fast, but I wasn't tempting fate another year.
For two weeks leading up to it I was up every night printing, painting or packaging, and it was all worth it. I'm really happy with the new designs I had available for the first time, and (generally) I had enough of each design printed. The top sellers were mostly the ones I thought would be, but there were a few I was totally surprised about. Among the most popular were Call Me Strange, Flourish and Blotts, Magic Money, both of the Dartmouth and Halifax city collages, Agricola Street, Three Stack, and (randomly) my Tea Time print! The last one was a painting I had done for my grandmother of two hummingbirds on a tea cup. I had asked her if I could scan it and make prints for an earlier art show, and was SO surprised how well this one did at Hal-Con! Just goes to show that you can never completely predict what people want!
The whole weekend was pretty long, especially when the vendor area is on top of a hockey rink. The second day I actually wore my winter boots and brought stools to sit on so we weren't standing on the cold floor all day. That aside, it was such a cool experience (omg pun)! I knew people would be dressed up in costume/cosplay or whatever it's called, but I had no idea how many did! I swear 95% of the people there were in some sort of costume. If you're at all in to people watching, this would be a great event to go to.
Friday was the first day, and it was a little slow in sales which made me nervous. But from talking to a lot of people this is pretty normal, and it makes sense that buyers want to look at everything there is first before purchasing. Saturday and Sunday were a totally different story, it was so busy and more than made up for the slow start. I had a lot of people come up to my booth and say that someone had told them about Three Stack Studio, which always makes me smile :)
At 6 PM on Sunday we packed everything up and were home by 7. Eric and Odin were gone to a family dinner so I was alone for the first time in four days. I had a chance to sit, pour myself a glass of Eric's really strong Double IPA, and revel in the fact that I accomplished something I've wanted to do for so long. Because it's more than packing up what you have for sale and selling it; it's creating something from scratch that is a piece of your soul (so dramatic), and hanging it up to see if anyone else connects to it. The fact that someone will spend their hard earned money on one of my prints or book, is something I'll never take for granted or look past. After spending 6 years at NSCAD to get my degree, all the while working to pay my way through life, and then have people buy my work, is truly the best endgame for an artist.
Thank you to everyone who came by my booth at Hal-Con or any event, bought a print, didn't buy a print but stopped to let me know they appreciated them, and who like and share my work. You are all the sum of a lot of work, and a lot of love. <3