by Sue Conway.
(Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
I started creating jewelry many years ago, but recently entered art fairs locally and I’ve noticed that I am drawn to the artists that dress the part.
If the artist is wearing an “art fair outfit”, I take a closer look at what they are selling. I also expect a jewelry artist to wear plenty of their own jewelry while doing the event.
For me personally, I wear something funky and colorful that I bought from an artist on etsy or something beaded or bright. I bring my two mannequins named Karma and Dharma and they dress that way, too.
My customers recognize my booth because of my mannequins and have even bought the dresses from the etsy artist who made them. The pink and black dress is made by Wildewear on etsy (always trying to pay it forward.)
Also, when I’m just out and about, I always wear my jewelry. It’s never a good thing to be caught wearing only someone else’s pieces or worse yet, not wearing any jewelry at all!
I have some amazing pieces from other artists, but I wear them when I’m out of town.
Conway Creations on Etsy
Dressing like an artist
LOVE your names for your charming spokes-mannequins Karma and Dharma! :o)
Thank you for sharing these great tips about dressing the part. It really does make a difference when you look special, unique, and artistic – something to set you apart from the “ordinary folks” shopping at the show.
What a great idea to have Karma and Dharma dress the part too – and thank you for sharing the link to Wildewear!
What a great idea to dress the part!! I realized that I do not have clothes, particularly tops that show off my jewelry? I have only been making jewelry for about 7 months. However, when I want to show off a necklace all my tops are cut too high and I’m having a hard time finding the right, low enough cut but not too low, blouse or shirt. Any suggestions on where to shop??QUOR
dressing the part…
I have lots of black, white, cream and brown that I wear when dealing my jewelry goods. Low cut or high cut tops…doestn’t matter. The natural, neutral colored tops with nice pants, jeans or shorts and cute shoes let the jewelry speak for itself. 🙂 I even have people ask me to put on my jewelry so that they can see it against the solid, neutral back ground of my shirt.