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Blog entry by Div posted 1243 days ago 1868 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some of you might very well know what a red sticker on the price card means. I’m talking about the price card of pieces at an art exhibition….Well, I have some news to share…

Today, the “Out of the wood” Exhibition opened at Strydom Gallery in George, a smallish city/large town here in the Southern Cape, South Africa. Apart from sculpture, wood turning and paintings, a total of 5 furniture makers, including myself, have 25 furniture pieces on display.

With the exhibition opening at 11h00 on a Sunday morning in what is a rather conservative town (I mean, everything is totally shut on a Sunday), I was pleasantly surprised by the large attendance. The place was pretty packed. Even the press was represented and it looks like my mug shot will be appearing in print soon (only local weekly papers though)!

My aim with the work I entered was to break away a little from the conventional and the fashionable. Art furniture as a genre is hardly known in South Africa. I attempted to focus on creativity and design, to explore the sculptural possibilities of furniture, to minimize time consuming (and price escalating!) traditional joinery without sacrificing quality and craftsmanship. As such, my work is “out of the box” in comparison to other entries, not necessarily fashionable or in vogue as presented by interior design and décor magazines. I really wondered how my work would be received by the viewing (and hopefully buying!) public. I was pleasantly surprised! I received numerous compliments and was constantly approached by people who wanted to talk about the work!

The best news? I got 2 red stickers!!! The first for one of my more expensive works, a hall table/occasional writing desk, the second for a small sculpture of a bird. Heeha!!
On the furniture side, a total of 7 stickers went up within an hour. Four, out of the five woodworkers sold at the opening which only lasted around 2 hours. I’m so happy for all of us! These guys are all good mates of me and they certainly deserve it.

More good news is that our exhibition is running concurrently with a major national arts festival which started yesterday in a nearby town, Oudtshoorn. Serious art buyers always make a point of visiting other galleries in the area. This means we will be getting plenty good feet in the coming week. We also have Easter weekend coming up – lots of rich holiday makers visiting from the interior!

In the words of my soul brother, many many thanks to my Angel! Also to the Wood Spirits, my family and my friends.
Hey, and thanks to my supporting LJ buddies, your comments mean more than you know!

PS. I will post photos in the coming week!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."



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Tony Strupulis

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#1 posted 1243 days ago

congrats!

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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rivergirl

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#2 posted 1243 days ago

Whooo HOoo! Hooray for Div. Now we need some pics of your stuff before the red stickered stuff walks away. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 1243 days ago

Sounds great Div. I’m looking forward to the photos.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 1243 days ago

RG deffently said it better than I can …. LOL
but a big congrat´s to you from the north hope you all get the ordrebook filled and the next years too :-)

thank´s for taking the time to update us

take care
Dennis

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docholladay

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#5 posted 1243 days ago

That is great news. We definitely look foward to the pics.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Sam Shakouri

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#6 posted 1243 days ago

I will be waiting.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#7 posted 1243 days ago

So happy for you, Div. What a Rush it must be. Congratulations.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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swirt

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#8 posted 1243 days ago

Great news! Congratulations…..and I want to see pictures. ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Nollie

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#9 posted 1243 days ago

Well done Div . Hope you get red stickers on all your pieces !!

-- Nollie Bay City , Tx .http://www.leoncustomfurniture.com

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jeepturner

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#10 posted 1243 days ago

Good deal Div. I too wish for more red stickers in your immediate future. I would really like to see pictures. Maybe a link, if it is advertised on line.

-- Mel,

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mafe

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#11 posted 1243 days ago

Hi Div,
I am so happy for you, and proud as I said, you well deserve this, and your cuarge to think out the box is admireable.
Wonderful with the red stickers, this gives some peace and condidence.
Look so much forward to see your works.
Best thoughts from my heart brother,
thank you for sharing this with us,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 1243 days ago

how exciting!
congratulations

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Div

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#13 posted 1242 days ago

Thank you so much for all the congrats. Yes, like Mads said, those little stickers do wonders for the morale! ….. Then, when the high is over and you drive home, I think: “Damn, I made it too cheap!” It is a strange game and sometimes I am my own worst enemy. If it doesn’t sell, I think it is too expensive, if it sells I think it was too cheap! At least I’m not alone in this; my fellow woodworkers feel the same way. Crazy, huh!

I’m a little worried now. My promise of pictures has created some anticipation and now I doubt if my work will live up to the expectations! Oh well, I’ve stuck my foot in it and will do as promised…. Be gentle on me. He,he!

Hey, ultimately I’m just one South African woodworker who truly hopes to inspire someone through sharing my meager successes. I can give many examples of success stories that has inspired/ continues to inspire me to chase my dreams and passion. I want to pay this forward! We drive and inspire each other!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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Bertha

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#14 posted 1242 days ago

This all makes me very happy to hear!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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rivergirl

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#15 posted 1242 days ago

Hey Div- If you sold it- then it doesn’t matter what WE think aye? I always price my stuff too low too. LOL Or is it too high and that’s why it is still here in my spare room? HAHA! I hope you had red tag mania!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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