A few weeks back I had a phone call from a lady who had been gifted one of my silk scarves. She was calling to invite me to showcase my work at a charity event in a well known local hotel. A first for me. I jumped at the opportunity as it was a ticketed event for 200. It was an inaugural fund raiser for Cancer research with local dignitaries and the press as well as some other well known faces. I was one of four stands who were invited.
My good friend Ildiko drove me down yesterday, stopping off en route to collect a wensleydale sheep fleece from a rare breed sheep farmer. That’s a job for today! We set up in a reception area and waited for the red carpet precession of well dressed ladies and a few gents.
My work was well received with lovely comments and a few sales. As always meeting with and chatting to other sellers is always interesting as well as listening to their journeys and learning about their products.
I knew the key speaker was going to be Mary Kennedy, one of the top TV presenters and journalist here in Ireland. Mary Black, one of my favourite trad singers was there too and I was more than delighted to have my photo taken alongside these women. I also spotted Holly Cairns who is often seen in the Dail advocating for the needs of the people of West Cork and beyond. I look forward to seeing a photo in the newspaper alongside these wonderful women.
They say…from little acorns… so I hope more people are now aware of my textile works. These type of events seems to be mostly showcasing rather than selling and with that type of audience I would expect my little acorns to grow big oak trees.
Today will be much more grounded as I will be scouring and cleaning my fleece, then selecting and dying these gorgeous locks for future wet felted scarves.