I never realised how many pieces of our furniture art I could get into my small car until I was loading it up to go to the Vintage and Very Nice Market in the Chichester Assembly Room one early morning in May.
A dynamic and varied fair, you can picture the hubbub of 30 or 40 stallholders all rushing into the hall at the start of the day and getting their stalls all shipshape and ready for business within the hour! This was my first venture into the Chichester world of antiques, curios, vintage and retro.
I had decided to concentrate on selling smaller items, such as boxes, trays, stools and tables which are easy for buyers to carry away. In addition there were a few items of jewellery and chinaware.
The Vintage and Very Nice Market hadn’t been open five minutes when the feedback about Gillie’s Paraphernalia furniture art came flooding in – “how decorative and colourful” were the words stallholders and visitors to the fair keep saying about my work and it was clearly seen as unique.
Imagine my delight when my first buyer was a little girl who fell for a bright pink stool which I had decorated with decoupage hearts in all sorts of colours and sizes. She said it was going in her bedroom.
Amongst other things I also sold a tray, boxes, a table, a framed print, and a few items of jewellery.
I was often asked to describe how I set about transforming tired, old, brown items into new, colourful pieces that people will treasure for years to come. This gave me the chance to talk about my furniture art workshops where I can share my enthusiasm for furniture painting and pass on the skills and techniques to others.
Workshops run for 4-6 hours depending on the subject. These are relaxed and entertaining days for a group of people all sharing the same interests. And everyone goes home proudly clutching evidence of their success.