Monday, August 29, 2011

Applying for an Artist Alley Table

So it looks like I'm applying for an Artist Alley table for Ohayocon 2012! I've just submitted my application moments ago. I guess this year they've made some changes to the application process, which means my application has to be submitted to a juried panel, and I had to submit a sketch of my table layout. I've never applied for anything like this before, so I'm not entirely sure how it was handled before.
This past week I've been planning for this: figuring out what I'm going to be selling, and how I'll be setting up said merchandise. So I haven't done a lot of sewing, but instead sketching, planning, and more sketching. This is what I've come up with:

I'm planning on selling a handful of skirts, jsks, dresses, and capelets, as well as parasols, cravats, and plushies. I'll also be doing measurements and taking custom orders/requests to be filled in the near future. In my sketch I've used a lot of PVC piping, but I'm pretty sure that's the most durable way to make a make-shift closet to go on top of a table :P I also just realized that my mannequin can come off her pole and stand on a table! So I'll give her a lovely outfit to wear/promote. I really like making parasols, so I plan on making a few in a variety of colors to bring along as well. I'd really like to find some sort of short coat rack thing to hand them on.. but we'll see. I took a trip out to some neighboring thrift stores this weekend, and found a nice frame I'm planning on using for my "Commissions" sign:

^^It's a bit ugly now, but I really wanted either a heart-shaped, or a round frame. I plan on painting this black, and adding some lace and/or beading around it ♡

Since a lot of the stuff I make is custom-sized, I plan on having a lot of one-size-fits-all type of items such as: parasols, cravats/ascots (since I now know how to make them), plushies, headbands/hair clips, and some skirts - probably elasticized so they can fit a variety of sizes. I also plan on having a few jsks/dresses for the off chance someone's interested in a dress that I've made for their specific size.

I'm not sure when I get notified about having been accepted or whatever, but I hope it's not too close to the convention! I don't want to waste a lot of money making stuff and then get denied >_< 

On a side note.. I've now got a logo! I just haven't applied it to this blog or.. anywhere for that matter:

This is actually a design I drew up months ago - probably like.. at the start of the summer? I'm hyper-critical of my work, and a total perfectionist, which is why I haven't decided to share it until now. I've been tweaking/making changes to it here and there ever since then. The banner at the top of this blog is just a brush I threw behind some text because I needed something. It was before I really plunged into Elegy and really understand/knew what it was all about. Now that I've been successfully pursuing it for several months, I feel it's time to upgrade to something more personal. I wanted the logo to accurately reflect the mood/feeling of Lolita fashion - and I think I've captured it quite well. Gothic is definitely more my style, although I do dabble in a bit of everything, lol. I wanted the logo to feel like a dollhouse - a bit magical, a little gothic, and totally elegant. Purple's always been the the color that conveyed this for me, so I chose to stick with that. 
I've done up the business card designs also - I'll probably be uploading those sometime this week.. I'm planning on getting some super professional/awesome embroidered labels for all my clothing soon too! They take a few weeks to get done, and since I've yet to even start that process.. we probably won't be seeing those for a while. 

Anyways, I've got a lot of work to get done this week - a high waisted skirt with two blouses, and two kitty hoodies - I'm just waiting for materials to arrive.
Hopefully I'll hear about Ohayocon soon - until then... send me your positive thoughts/energy, please!

Miss Chubi


  1. I HOPE YOU GET IT! Will you still be attending even if you don't? Because I plan on going, and would finally like to meet you!

  2. Thank you! :D
    Yea, I'm definitely going this year, regardless. I've actually already pre-registered, so yea ♡
    Yay for meeting internet friends! :3

  3. Amazon has a adjustable clothing rack for $25.00 if you get accepted. Good luck hope you get in.

  4. @ ValaB Thank you - I'll be sure and give it a look ♡