Friday, August 24, 2012

Peace On Fifth's 1st Handmade Dayton Festival: The Experience

In the midst of selling art at the first ever Handmade Dayton Festival at Peace On Fifth in the Oregon District.
It was a lovely Friday morning- not too hot with a a slight modest chill in the air as I walked the twenty minute trek to the Oregon District, feeling confident in 2 1/2 inch heels and purple black heart tights.
At Peace On Fifth, a unique retail shop/boutique selling goods, clothing, and accessories strictly from slave free parts of the world that has been in Dayton for nine months now,  London Coe, the lovely, vibrant shop owner has transformed her store into Handmade Dayton Festival.
Five locally owned shops of art, jewelry, handmade soaps, and more, each vendor is separated by a leisure amount of space, not large enough that one feels divided, but enough so that we all could have conversations and get to know each other and our personal wares.
I had a long wooden table and rolling rack, taking only a few moments to have art displayed and quickly got acquainted with my "neighbor" Nicole of Dirty Chix Soaps. 

My drawings, paintings, and mini magnets are laid out on a cute rubber duck vintage cloth. Remember it was the $2 thrift shop find? :)
The three acrylic paintings at the top right are the "Head Cover" series.
"The Ultimatum" colored pencil drawing from "Soapy Hair Stories: Appropriations of Roy Lichtenstein" Prismacolor colored pencils series.
"To Relax Or Not To Relax" from "Soapy Hair Stories: Appropriations of Roy Lichtenstein" Prismacolor colored pencils series.
"The American Hair Dream" from "Soapy Hair Stories: Appropriations of Roy Lichtenstein" Prismacolor colored pencils series.
Closeup of "American Hair Dream" from "Soapy Hair Stories: Appropriations of Roy Lichtenstein" Prismacolor colored pencils series.
"The Straightened Mistake" from "Soapy Hair Stories: Appropriations of Roy Lichtenstein" Prismacolor colored pencils series.
Across the street at Lucky's Taproom, a coveted soy burger topped with lettuce, tomato, vegan mozzarella, and avocado served with a side of fries engorged my huge lunch appetite.
London gave every lady a piece of heaven to devour, very, very slowly. 70% dark chocolate imported from San Jose Del Tambo, Ecuador. A fair trade-slave free chocolate is the best chocolate- tastefully & morally speaking!
Such a wide range of talents on display and unique spirits filling a room of treasures to behold and purchased, it was an enjoyable experience to take and breathe in- from meeting female owners of their own respective creative endeavors and seeing strong, compassionate support from their husbands and adorable children- fun to watch!
Incredibly humbling and thoughtful, it still makes me flush at the overwhelming positive feedback and kindness from strangers and these female vendors many of whom, I must keep in contact with. For having just joined the Handmade Dayton Etsy a while back, I am quite excited about all of the upcoming possibilities in store.
My desire is to have business grow and succeed prosperously is a slow, but valued journey.
Cannot wait to be back at Peace On Fifth again on Sunday and meeting more new people as well as urging friends/family to stop by. Heehee. :)
If you're free for the weekend, please come out to the Oregon District where all of the excitement awaits!