Call us crazy, but my sister and I have officially signed up as vendors for the Cooper Young Festival.
For those who have not had the pleasure of living in Memphis for close to their entire life, our neighborhood hosts a free festival every fall where approximately 400 artists from around the country get to sell their art/crafts amid a huge crowd while enjoying live music, yummy greasy festival food and a whole lot of fun. And by fun, I mean beer.
Cooper Young Fest is the largest one day festival in the city of Memphis…full of food, bands and shopping. This year, instead of just enjoying my ice cold draught beer and greasy pronto pup slathered in mustard while spending money I don’t have at all the awesome booths, I’ll hopefully be making money. Of course, that doesn’t mean I won’t still spend some of that hard-earned cash at the other booths. And I’ll definitely still be having a pronto pup. And a beer. Or two.
Less than three months away, the festival will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Mark your calendars. If you plan on attending, please stop by the Archer booth and say hi. I can’t speak for my sister, but I’d love to meet you. We’ll be at D-23, in the parking lot of the First Congo Church (here’s a map).
So, now that all that’s settled and the details are out of the way, we can get down to the nitty gritty of what my sister and I will actually be selling: paintings (me), photography (Kristen), prints (both) & random bits of home decor (collective effort). Leading up to September 15th, I’ll be cataloging and previewing my pieces here on the blog. Since I haven’t gotten around to applying paint brush to canvas quite yet, we’ll start today with some of the prints* of original paintings currently displayed at my house.
Here’s the Memphis Trolley I’ve spoken about before (go here & scroll down). A lot of love went into this painting and since Kristen will not allow me to sell the original off of our living room wall, I’ve converted it into an art print.
Next up is Memphis/Nashville Skyline Mash-up. I’ve also spoken briefly about this piece (go here again & scroll down). It’s bright and abstract and really…who doesn’t love a skyline?
Last painting for today is the Pear Pair currently hanging in the hallway directly outside of my kitchen. This was originally painted to fill up a large blank wall in the kitchen of the old apartment I shared with my best friend. Can you tell I enjoy painting with bright colors?
As for the home decor, my sister and I are obsessed with DIY projects. We’ve stripped, painted and distressed a majority of the pieces of furniture in our own home—as you can see here and here. We also love transforming the random bits of things we find while perusing thrift/antique stores, which is sort of what we’ve done here. So, what do you get when you mix together an old dusty frame, some paint, sand paper, a strip of decorative fabric, a swatch of burlap and an antique rusty key? Home decor, my friends. Shabby chic home decor.
Here’s a look at all five of the Framed Keys we made this weekend after we came home from a movie and figured it was as good a time as any to start our Cooper Young projects around midnight on a Saturday. Add in a friend and a few bottles of wine and here are your finished products:
Between the two of us, we have a lot of creative DNA (thanks mom and dad), so we’re both beyond excited about being a part of the Cooper Young Festival this year. As I already mentioned, I’ll be previewing all the pieces on the blog before September rolls around, so check back later for more painting, prints and home decor.
If you happen to be near the Memphis area on September 15th, please stop by the festival. Don’t forget—Booth D-23 (map here). Now, if you’ll excuse me…I have a lot of painting to do.
– lindsey archer
*The images shown here are mock-ups of what one of my prints would look like matted in a black frame. All paintings are my original work (acrylic on canvas) and therefore are not to be copied or duplicated without my permission.