In late November, about a week before my exhibition with Women of the Cloth at Sprout was about to start, I had an unexpected email. It was from a researcher for Homes & Gardens magazine, who had followed a link from my Etsy shop to this blog and wanted to know if she could borrow my indigo felt vessels for a photo shoot for the magazine.
As you can imagine, I was hugely excited. There was only one problem: I’d sold all the vessels except the largest one! The researcher politely asked if I could make some more – to be picked up on 9 December, in the middle of the Sprout exhibition. Aaaargh!
Taking a deep breath, I said of course I could do it – and spent whatever time I wasn’t in the gallery over the next two weeks making some more. They were duly picked up and returned a week later, and I promptly forgot about them. Also I didn’t want to get too excited because I know that things often get dropped from magazines if there’s more advertising than expected, or not enough advertising, or all sorts of other reasons.
So it was it was a lovely surprise to open the April issue of Homes & Gardens to find my vessels included in a piece about decorating with wool. They used only the two largest vessels, but I thought they looked fantastic in the room, styled by Sally Conran.
I’m so pleased I decided to make new vessels for the shoot, even though it nearly killed me at the time! 🙂