|Turquoise nugget bracelet|
Craft Lake City decided to make their announcement on Twitter and soon there were 182 groups of artists who were very happy and another hundred or so like me whose hearts sunk. It's hard not to take the rejection personally, especially when we had our hearts set on being at Craft Lake City this year. I'm sharing the following excerpt from the official rejection letter to give my fellow artisans an idea of how to turn things around:
Because I'm confidant that our items aren't similar to others in the same category, I tried to focus on other things. We've tried to do a modern twist on Native American arts and crafts as well as tatting. The items in our shop bear no resemblance to what you would find in a museum. Are we not edgy and innovative enough?If you are curious why you may have been declined, some of those reasons include: poor pictures, not enough information, too many other crafters in the same category doing similar work and the work represented in your application not fitting with the Craft Lake City vision of innovative and often edgy handmade work and wares of craftspeople, artists, and designers.
If you want to learn more about Craft Lake City and what the judges were looking for please visit our website at www.craftlakecity.com/artists and scroll through the artist section.
The other things I have to consider are that my description of our work was lacking and/or that our pictures weren't good enough. I admit that I need to spend more time working on a really good description of our work. It's hard to make it sound "sexy" enough. Photos...photos...I keep trying. My photos have definitely improved, but I guess they don't compare well to the artists who were selected. My husband gave me a nice little camera for Mother's Day, but it has some serious issues with focusing. Time to grab a different camera!
So....how to handle rejection? I'm definitely not your role model. I cried and let it ruin my day (which was already going badly). The feelings may take some time to fade, but it will definitely motivate me to improve. On the positive side, we did get accepted for the Wasatch Front Farmers Market and will be setting up there this Sunday. We were supposed to be there last week, but we got rained out. Wish us luck!