On Saturday I spent a wonderful day at the Ferguson Artisan Fair (a sub-event of the StreetFest). The space was located between a grouping of buildings, just off the main street of downtown Ferguson. The weather was wonderful! Unfortunately, the space was under the railroad tracks and down the street (the sidewalk was torn up) from the main activities, and business was… slow.
Most of those who looked through my booth were amazed at my art – even the other artists in the group. Most told me they had never before seen anything similar to the type of art I do. I’m sure there are others who do similar work – but I haven’t seen any like I do either. When I started I wasn’t copying what I had seen someone else do – I was just doing what I felt like doing – without expectation as to what it would look like.
Of course I got a few “I could do that” comments… I smile and tell them to try… I even tell them there are some instructions on how to get started on my website. I know that by the time they start purchasing the equipment and supplies, and experiencing the discomfort of being outside for any length of time with a chemical mask, or get adhesive on their hands, or realize just how long it takes to do what I do, or the artistic vision required, or their children get sick from the smell (tho I do make a note on my website that children and pregnant women should not be around this until it is dry), their attitude will change. But, I welcome them trying. It is, after all, another form of recycling.
In-between the few browsers, I had a lot of spare time. Fortunately I had brought along a book that had been recommended to me by several folks – “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini.
“A Thousand Splendid Suns” is a powerful story of the lives of two women in Afghanistan over the past 30 years (give or take). Some parts were hard to read, other parts I found difficult to believe were happening in this day and age. A very engrossing book. A few folks saw me reading and asked if it would be difficult to understand the book if they were not familiar with all that has happened with the Taliban and the Afghanistan culture, and I told them the book was written very accessibly.
I got through roughly 75% of the book before the end of the day, and finished it the next morning.