Friday, January 31

Brooklyn Fairs by Crafters, Makers, and Artists

During my brief stay - I only had 10 days (!!) - in New York for the WYA Exhibit last November, I needed to carefully choose the places I would go to. So, no touristy places like the Liberty, World Trade Center, etc. I didn't prepare an IT before my trip so I'd wake up at 8am every day, list down the things I'd visit - most of which were Banksy's works - and use this to know the nearest subway stations.

One of the things on my list that I got to visit was Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Mary, Paul's sister who was based in NYC last year, brought me there. We went with the other WYA girls, Ren, Diane, Kaye, and Zarina, and Quina, another artist who participated in the exhibit, on a Sunday afternoon.

Brooklyn Art Fair

Street art made the neighborhood vibrant and full of life...and it was contagious. I couldn't help but feel so happy and inspired.

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

There were two art fairs that day. The one outside had exbhitors with vintage and handmade products. It was really exciting for me as I wanted to see what products they had, how they'd differ from what we had back home, and at the same time, observe and learn from the crafters. I was able to talk to some of the artists and crafters and I could see how they'd value their handmade products. Even their business cards, packaging, and posters looked so professional and well-thought of.

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

It was soooo cold so thank god there were food vendors as well. I had pulled pork sandwich, 3 servings of hot miso soup, and drinks. I had wanted to go for another serving but I got distracted by a wedding proposal by the river. The sunset was also amazing by the way. ;)

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

On our way to the subway station, we passed by another fair. It was inside a big building. Most of the sellers didn't allow people to take photos though. I was happy that the products I saw there already had counterparts here in the Philippines. Even the quality is at par. Though we are still a relatively young community of crafters and makers and we can learn something about their branding and marketing but you can't say we are left behind. :)

Brooklyn Art Fair

I tried to talk to the makers - as I would whenever I'd attend or visit an art fair here in Manila - at this fair but whenever I'd ask the vendor if they made the products, I'd just get a non-chalant response, "my friend did". And oddly, almost all of them answered me that.

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Buyers appreciate it if you as a crafterpreneur talk to them about your works. It helps them understand the brand, you as a crafter, and the whole Handmade Movement and DIY culture. The crafterpreneurs I've met at fairs like 10a Alabama, 98B, etc., really give time in accommodating you and answering your questions.

One of the important things I noticed was how they could command a premium on their products. Nobody haggled too. The buyers and makers were on the same page as regards to the real value of handmade products. And that's something worth emulating. :)

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

Brooklyn Art Fair

We had dinner at the apartment. Mary cooked her favorite cheesy burger patty for me! I don't eat burger but I liked it! We also had shrimp and veggies. Thanks WYA girls for making me feel at home. ♡

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