Where does the time go…
It really does seem like yesterday when Nicole & I were sitting in the backyard drinking cheap vino and talking about producing a craft fair done right in OC. Back then, in the Summer of 2007, we didn’t even have a name for the event- it took us a few weeks to decide on the name Patchwork Show (with a ton of scrapped pages of brainstorming clusters). We really had no idea what was in store- let alone we would still be doing this 6 years later.
*Nicole made the card, those are my hands sewing and the orange on the upper corner is a felt orange Nicole cut out and Photoshopped drops on- OG (original gangsta)!
Back then, it was a whole bunch of “what the hell are we doing” mixed with “i hope we can pull this off!”…we were scared and so nervous! The day before the first event, we measured the parking lot with 2-25ft measuring tapes like surgeons operating the most complex of operations. In addition to getting the lot/area ready, i still had to prep my shop, so i spent that entire night cleaning and doing displays…by morning i was like a zombie heading into a final exam.
But the show was a success (in fact, it was more than that) and with it voices from the crowds saying, “so when’s the next one?”. My favorite was always, “so you do this every month/week?” … and with that, Nicole & I began looking at each other and wondering what is next???
I don’t know if it is because Patchwork is almost 6 years old or that the shows were really busy this season but as i walked though the aisles i met a number of people remarking about how they remembered how it started- many of them were so happy to state that they were at the first one with 28 vendors in a corner parking lot off the 5-fwy.
Ironically, while preparing staff duties, i happened upon the very first map (above)- so amazing how far all of us have come!
Below are some images of the Long Beach event- it was a fantastic show! if you’d like to see even more images from the show click here to go to our gallery.