My name is Stephanie, and for most of my life, I've been obsessed with all things tiny. Growing up, I realized that I wasn't alone. There's a thriving, vibrant community of enthusiasts that appreciate, participate and contribute to the art of miniature-making and collecting.
- Some pieces purchased from shows are heirloom-quality art, like this exquisite brass chandelier with hand-painted glass globes.
Every year, there are exhibitions and shows all around the world featuring myriad artists, artisans, retailers, and collectors. Portland is no exception, although, in the past years, the frequency and variety of offerings & events have dwindled.
Because there are fewer local shops ever, and there is diminished access to specialized vendors, all that is left is the Internet as the primary source for collectors. I am not disparaging it as a source for miniatures, I am only stating that it is limiting for buyers.
These exhibitions are a great place for people to view these products in person--to have access to specialized vendors where higher quality pieces can be seen and purchased, where one could host skills workshops, demonstrations, and exhibits of local art projects and installations. Vendors can come in from all over the nation to display and sell their wares.
- Some vendors have inventories of retail items that can be touched and viewed first-hand, that would otherwise only be seen online.
I have struggled personally with an anxiety disorder that has limited my capacity to function reliably as a worker. However, I still have the desire to contribute to my household and to perform fulfilling work that will contribute to a community I belong to, help artists and small businesses have opportunities to interact with their market, facilitate direct access to products to customers, and to the local economy. The best part of it is that the nature of this work meshes with my need for flexibility in an occupation.
- More unique and valuable pieces purchased from a specialized show. Tiny stoneware and baskets made by small business artists. The Pacific Northwest has no shortage of artisans that could vend at this event.
I have my eyeball on a popular, accessible venue, my extensive experience of organizing and orchestrating public events, and so many ideas to make this possibly annual exhibition truly unique and attractive to collectors all over the Pacific Northwest, and vendors from around the country.
- From custom lampwork-glass to commissioned ceramics, each vendor with specialized skills is given an opportunity to share their work.
My plan is to create a small business that would coordinate this annual event at first, and possibly add others around the state as it grows. All I need is the funds to kick it off. I have some fun incentives for donors and hope to meet my goal, so I can announce the date and location, and start finding vendors to fill the stalls.
The startup amount is the estimated cost to fully launch the first event. This includes the venue deposit and balance, signage, mailings, advertising, administrative supplies, admission supplies, tables, and more. All of this is designed to present a high-quality, high-visibility event at a top-notch venue that is easy to find, with plenty of parking, and popular in the Portland area. My desire is to elevate the choice, the quality, the interest, and the opportunities for the artists, collectors and fans of the miniature community.
Any amount would be greatly appreciated!