Yesterday I traveled from Minneapolis to Amsterdam on the 9pm flight. Leaving so late, I thought I would sleep like a baby. I was wrong. I slept not at all. After a delay of more than an hour due to high winds, I went on to Dublin, Ireland. Once again, no sleep.
I arrived at my charming hotel call Butler’s Townhouse, located in Ballsbridge. I was so tired I could hardly see straight. How delightful that they got me to my room, brought me a sandwich in the sitting room (I have included a picture so you can see how quaint it is) and arranged for a wake-up call. It was just the kind of service I needed to get back on my feet.
Showcase is billed as the 31st International Craft, Gift, Fashion and Interiors fair. In summary, it is a trade fair for artisans and their products. This show oozes creativity and personal expression!
I am here at the invitation of the Crafts Council of Ireland. Two of the Council’s representatives attended a trend presentation I gave at the Buyer’s Market of American Craft in Phili this past summer and thought I would be perfect for Showcase. They asked me to not only walk the show as a journalist, but also to give trend presentations on Monday for craftspeople, retailers and students. Three talks in one day. I am really looking forward to all three!
Anne Kennedy was responsible for the product selection and visual display based on my direction. I was a bit nervous having all of this done at a distance but I realized the moment I had a look at the displays that shouldn’t have been. Anne and her team did a marvelous job! A couple of photos of the displays are included in this post so you can have a look.