The tail end of last week was a whirlwind of awesomeness.
On the same day my eldest daughter turned 17, I received a message into my Etsy inbox. It was inviting me to be one of 35 exclusive Indo-British artists, designers and labels. My first thoughts were that I could never afford it (hiring a table at the event is not cheap) and I'd never have enough stock etc etc. I shared the news on Facebook with friends and family and within about 15 minutes I'd begun to start thinking about how I could do it. Everyone was so supportive and enthusiastic. I began to see the potential benefits of attending and being part of this niche event. A few people suggested I set up a Gofundme page and ask for donations. I decided I had nothing to lose. I set up the page.
Within 12 hours I had raised half of my £500 target. It was truly unbelievable. Wonderful friends and family donated, along with complete strangers. 24 hours after setting up the page, I hit my target and the stall was booked! I am still taking donations as there is a lot to organise. I have never done a show before and need everything! If you feel you'd like to help, please click on the widget above.
Indo-British Fair on Oxford Street, London, 21st-23rd September 2015.
More info - www.travelistaindia.com
"The event will be an exciting mix of eclectic products and cultural activities with Indo representing the east, gypsy, tribal and boho and British the west, vintage, retro and contemporary. There will be interesting activities like vintage fashion booth, British tea sessions, henna art, block printing workshops etc."
"The fair will be showcasing 35 curated exhibitors offering the best of British and Asian and gypsy fashion and culture. ."
To have my art chosen and described as Indo-British is such an honor. My Anglo Indian heritage has always been a big part of my life and my love for the county and culture often flows through into my art. To be known as an Anglo Indian (or Indo-British) artist, to exhibit among others influenced by similar things would be a dream come true. I am very proud of my heritage, and as Anglo Indian communities are dying out all over India, I feel passionate about keeping the memory of the Anglo Indian people alive.
So, watch this space for more details. I have a summer of painting and sourcing products.
My table is booked for the opening day on 21st September 2015. I am very excited!