Okay, here is my news. When my family moved to South Carolina, I was fascinated that cotton was still a vital part of South Carolina's economy. It clothes, feeds, and even pays for things (our dollar bills are 75% cotton). I visited the Cotton Museum on Friday to do additional research on the subject of cotton.
AND! I was juried into the Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail! My mom does photography and had participated in an art show last year. She has been forwarding invitations to various art events in rural South Carolina and the Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail piqued my interest. So, I scrambled and put together a cotton-themed jewelry collection... in two days! I'm really excited because this was a juried selection. This is the first time I've had the guts to apply for anything where my work is judged. Although my heart is always in my jewelry, I was able to put this in perspective... I made up my mind beforehand that if I wasn't accepted, this was a great learning experience. But, I was accepted and all the practice that has come from writing a blog (marketing), developing my unique voice in jewelry, branding my work, learning to present my work... all of that has come together in a good way for me.
I'll be posting pieces from the collection that I presented over the next few days and then I'll be posting them for sale on the Buy PeeDee Arts SCCTA website. I will continue my OOAK pieces and other designs made available in my ArtFire (finished jewelry) and Etsy (bead) shops.