Opening a new location: Battersea Power Station

Over the last couple of years, I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to show and sell my work and Kin’s Cross Canopy market. This stall has helped me connect with new people, find fans and grow my Art as a business. Now I’m at the point of working fully for myself, moving in to a new studio and looking to expand. I still have a lot to learn, especially when it comes to putting my work in to the trust and care of others.

The opportunity arose for me to have a 2nd stall at Riverwalk Market, by Battersea Power Station. The location is modern, new and full of opportunities; I was keen to explore this market. To minimise risk I wanted to keep spend on new equipment for this space to a minimum and had to balance stock between here and King’s Cross. Finding someone to work on the stall has been a journey too.

This was the first time I’d have to leave my work (my baby!) in the care of another and finding the right person was tricky. Most of the worry was in my head, a friendly face with a reliable mind was all that was needed. All that a me to let go of my own worries and high standards. Questions of trust and whether anyone else can sell my work for me were constantly on my mind. These worries dissolved during the day as questions and successes lit up my mobile. I’ve realised since that I could have prepared better, for handing over my stall, giving more information and insight in to my work would better ready anyone for a day at the market. The need for natural and confident conversation about the artwork to arise is paramount to people making a connection and taking a piece home.

Now I have one week at the new location at Riverwalk market by Battersea Power Station behind me and I’m happy to say things went smoothly. I got to meet lots of new people, let my King’s Cross stall be run by the wonderful Pedro and enjoy a new location full of potential. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m making steps. Starting is the hardest part, then reflecting and improving come next.

You can find me at King’s Cross Canopy Market on the following dates in August: 16th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. I’ll be at the new location at Riverwalk Market on: 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th of this month.

Presenting the new stall at Battersea Power Station

Presenting the new stall at Battersea Power Station

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