Market season is in full swing! I’ve just finished the 4th of 5 holiday craft fairs on my schedule - the lovely Let’s Get Crafted market at Creekside Community Centre in Vancouver - and I have to say, as a novice market vendor, it’s been an interesting experience overall. Every market is different in demographics and tastes and interests, and I’ve found it fascinating and surprising what catches the eyes and imaginations of various shoppers.
Kids in particular have been interesting visitors - I most definitely did not expect kids to be so engaged by abstract art, but to my delight, they are. I love asking them to point out their favourite picture or what catches their eye; sometimes asking what they like about their choice, but mostly being impressed and intrigued by the choice itself. A few of them have been so very definite in their selection that it has me curious about our instinctual and intuitive connections to certain images. The adult mind might be drawn in by connections to memory or experience or some complex web of emotions tied to both; this isn’t to say that children lack those connections, as they most certainly possess them in different ways, but that the disparity in lived years seems to have no bearing whatsoever on strength of intuitive preference, even if they “why” of that preference is something one cannot articulate. (A state not limited to children, either. Vocabulary to describe inner, ephemeral feelings is not something everyone exercises.)
One common denominator in all the interactions I’ve had at these markets is that spark of something in the eyes of the intrigued. Observing people moving through an environment as varied and often over-stimulating as a craft market, their eyes scanning booths and contemplating purchases, and then seeing a pause and internal reaction as some register the colour and general weirdness of my pictures - that’s why I’m doing this. That spark knows no bounds to age or life circumstances, as I have had the pleasure to discover time and again. Sometimes it’s a small spark that I find I can ignite further with a conversation encouraging explorations or inspiring the creative spirit; sometimes it’s a large fire in them already that I welcome, and which fuels me further in my explorations. I find so much joy in expanding imaginations in whatever capacity I can.
Find me next on Dec 15-16 at the Sounds & Furies Annual Women’s Winter Faire at Heritage Hall on Main St in Vancouver, BC. I’ll be there all weekend with cards, prints, and conversation!