Text and Images - Dom Read Illustrations - Julia Triay and Dom Read
Where to even begin???
After all of the manic preparation Saturday the 22nd rolled around and it was time to set up! I finished work, headed home and collected together all of my boxes of stock and equipment. My brother met me and we piled everything over to Studio 20, we piled out and began the initial setup. It was wild and took some time. Matty, who doesn't normally do this type of thing, had a great time helping out! It was a god send to have his help. We rearranged the walls, hung some ropes to attach the prints to the wall, built some tables and hammered in some nails.
We got home late and then had some dinner, Julia arrived even later, after she had finished a shift at work. We chatted into the early hours of the morning while I tried to thread draw stings into my newly made curtain jogging bottoms. We got a couple of hours sleep.
Suddenly the rooster crowed, Sunday had arrived and it was time to go!! We piled into the van ready for a final bit of setting up. We rearranged things and got the till and tables set up ready for the doors to open! It was so very, very exciting!! I was so happy and grateful to be there with such an incredible team, I could not have done it with out them!!
We were gifted with the arrival of the very talented artist ED LE MAY as our first customer, his joyful energy and positivity set the tone for the day. All stress and worries fell away, we had done it, we were here and it was happening.
I was amazed by the steady stream of people coming and going throughout the day. They all seemed genuinely impressed by our work and excited to be there. It was such a positive and cheerful atmosphere, every single person who walked in the shop made my day!! I love to talk, so after all the months of lockdown it was quite spectacular to be rewarded with friends old and new to have a good natter with!
One of my proudest parts of the exhibition was the selfie wall that me and Julia created. Julia painted the most beautiful, loud, giant daffodil that we nailed to the wall. It was nearly as tall as me!! We encouraged people to take photos and pose in front of the selfie wall and to my delight many people did!
It was such a blessing to be doing something in person again. Sometimes the facelessness of instagram can get quite tiresome without you even realising. We become so reliant on it as a tool for marketing ourselves as artists but when you are making art in your art cave and only interacting with people online you forget the healing power of face to face communication. I got to see mine and Julia's work bring smiles to the faces of friends and strangers a like! It was such a good feeling that you don't quite get through a like on a photo!
I also got to do some live sewing in the studio which was great fun!
And to top off the whole event, there was live music and pizza in the park nearby so once we broke down the shop we headed over for a slice and a boogie!!!
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Love ya, stay in touch, can't wait until the next one!!!
A Cup Of Tea With D.Read..
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