Saturday, May 4, 2013

Philadelphia - In Review

I usually post before I head off to a show, but I've been so busy lately that I've barely had time to get on the computer and do anything -- and that's saying something because I'm a technology teacher and I'm surrounded by it on a daily basis!

Anyway, I traveled to Philadelphia, PA this weekend for the 3rd Annual Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Show.  This was my second time attending this convention and it was just fantastic!  It is nice to be able to see old friends and connect with people over the weekend.  There were so many educational opportunities through paid workshops on Thursday and free talks/demonstrations on Friday.  We also had the show & sale on Friday night and all day today (Saturday).

On Friday, I gave a presentation.  This was my first time ever presenting to the teddy bear community.  I gave a 45-minute talk and presentation on dyeing mohair and alpaca fabrics.  I discussed the techniques and tools I use for dyeing the fur that I use in my bears and for the furs that I bring to the shows and sell.  Then I gave a live demonstration on how you can use earth palette dyes and paint the dyes directly on the fur.  Here is a shot of me working on the dyeing taken by Cindy McGuire!

I also wanted to share with you a couple shots of my table.  I am happy that several of my teddy bears and an elephant found new homes while we were here!

I just had a great time.  I'm exhausted, but so happy that I was able to come and I can't wait until next year!



Kays Kids said...

Wow I would love to be there. I come from the land Down Under so it is a bit far away. Your dying demo sounds great. You need to make a video about it. I'm so glad you had the best weekend.

Cheryl @ Bingle Bears said...

How wonderful!! I really must try to get to the Philly show one of these years. Your table looks great and I'm sure your talk went wonderfully. By the way, I love that little purple doll!


Joanne@ Desertmountainbear said...

I am so happy that you had a good time, and that you went home a little lighter. It was so interesting to seeing you work with the earth palette dyes, I have never seen them before.

Mr. Crain-Davis said...

Thanks Kay! Maybe I'll start sharing bits of the presentation here on the blog :)

Mr. Crain-Davis said...

Hey Cheryl!
The Philly show is great! It can be quite overwhelming with so many talented artists. I think there were 128 tables this year!

Will I be seeing you at TBAI again this year?

Mr. Crain-Davis said...

It was good seeing you again Joanne and I'm glad you liked the demo! I know the bright colors I use don't really mesh with what you do, but it could be interesting for you to try out the dyes. You can get neutrals, brown and black, along with the bright colors I had.