The kindness of strangers

It started at the beginning of summer, when Fiona, who runs the monthly Aberfeldy Farmers Market, let me take up a cancelation space. I don’t sell food so I went for selling my sustainable crafting (see my website). I’ve never done this apart from the knitted scarves that I make with charity shop wool. Since then, Fiona has let me have a cancellation slot each month and has shown me great kindness.

I have to say, it’s been a great success and my confidence has risen – I’ve sold out of many items and have heard people say the nicest of things and then actually spend money on what they’re looking at!

Then there is Jeff, a respected nature and landscape photographer who spoke to me as if I was a ‘proper’ photographer and sold me items such as picture stands and display boards and whose attitude gave me the courage to sign up for the Perthshire Open Studios event to display my photographs (see venue 121). With his quiet good humour he gave me all sorts of tips – like how to use double-sided tape in slip mounts and even who to buy them from.

Last, but by no means least, there is Angela who runs the Artisanand art gallery and also does picture framing. Her gallery is full of the most wonderful things (my bank manager/husband is insisting that I go in and out blindfolded!) She has helped me decide what to charge, how to frame, which pictures to lead with and is so supportive that if Perthshire Open Studios works for me then its down to her.

So, the studio is open from this Saturday (4th September 2021) and examples of my work have been chosen for the showcase exhibitions at Birnam Arts, Dunkeld and The Bield at Blackruthven, Perth. With the family-run Thyme Deli and Bistro literally across the garden, I should get at least one visitor (if my Dad doesn’t show up, I’ll…) so its all go and I’m the one with my head between my knees clutching a tartan paper bag!

Thank you dear strangers, who are strangers no more.

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