I’ve got some exciting news! Are you ready? Because this is big!
I got a gig! A speaking gig, that is!
Yes, I have been asked to speak at the Clear Lake Art Center restyle Exhibit! The exhibit runs April 6 through April 26, and I’ll be speaking:
Saturday, April 13 from 1 – 2 at the Clear Lake Art Center in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Is that exciting or what?
Here’s more about the event:
The goal of the exhibit is to inspire others to create wearable fashions by restyling and repurposing second-hand clothing. The event on Saturday, April 13 will open at 1:00 with me speaking, and then artists will exhibit their work from 2 – 3:00 p.m.The goal is to bring attention to, entertain, inspire and educate while assisting in broadcasting the “reStyle” exhibit and provide an informal opportunity for the artists to answer any questions and possibly demonstrate their process.
Apparently they are looking for someone who’s passionate about secondhand clothes to tell some stories and stir up some inspiration. Do you know of anyone that fits that description?
OK, so now I need a favor: If you were going to an event to listen to me speak, what would you want to hear about?
Do you want to hear about how every shopping excursion for me is like a treasure hunt? How every time I walk into a consignment shop or thrift store, I imagine there’s a treasure waiting for me to find it?
Would you like me to show you my favorite treasures, and tell you the story behind each one? Because you know, with me, there’s ALWAYS a story behind my “treasures”.
Like check out this recent find: An Ellen Tracy dress, new with tags that said the dress retailed at $150. I got it for $20! Check out the flower detail! Do you want to hear the story about how I found that only a mile away from my home!
Or would you like to hear about how when someone compliments something I’m wearing, I have this overwhelming need to tell them I bought it at Goodwill for less than $5.00? How I don’t know if this admission is “Thrift Pride”, where I need to brag about my superior shopping skills or “Catholic Guilt” where I need to confess that the outfit they think is so fashionable didn’t cost me as much as they think it might have.
Or do you want tips, or step-by-step instructions on how to be a successful secondhand shopper? If this is the case, you (and future audiences) might be disappointed because there is no rhyme or reason to my shopping. Well, now that I think about it, I do have a few tricks to the trade. Try everything on, for one. But for me, shopping is just so
second nature, instinctual, habitual, addictive …..The point is, most of the time when I enter a store I’m on auto-pilot (a few times I think I’ve had an outer-body experience!) so I’m not sure if my semi-conscious state is transferrable or trainable.
Would you want to hear where I get my inspiration from, where do I shop, where do I keep all my clothes, where do I hide them from my boyfriend because he’s getting annoyed with the ever-shrinking closet space?
So I’d love to hear what kinds of things you’d be interested in hearing from me! And if you’re from the area, I’d love it if you came to see me! This is very exciting, and I owe it all to the support, encouragement and love from all of you!
And until April 13, here’s the song I’m going to be singing:
I Got a Gig, by Hayes Carll