I agreed to give it a go; and agreed to deliver a stash of lamps and leaves before opening day on 1 July. I had never met Nola but she had sold some stuff through Jo St Baker's studio-gallery in Redcliffe where I also sell Artisan Lamps - so I thought why not. Well I made the pieces and made the deadline - I managed to get 11 Artisan Lamps and 18 patinated copper leaves made by the 28 June and was ready to deliver by the agreed date 29 June.
On 28 June the stash of lamps sat on my work bench ready for packing into the car.
|©2016 Barry Smith - A stash of Artisan Lamps ready to go to market|
When I arrived at the new shop-gallery at Unit 6/ 38 William Street Dayboro (part of an old butter factory) there was still a lot to do but a team of four people felt confident they could get it all ready to open on the morning of 1 July.
|©2016 Barry Smith - A new shop-gallery in the making - hope it goes well for them - the art-gallery business is hard these days - it will be a very quirky space.|
|©2016 Barry Smith - Artisan Lamps on the shop's sale bench|
And of course this type of shed is just full of other cogs and other bits and pieces I can use. He has invited me back to go through the shed. He was impressed with the larger lamps and sold me a pair of lights from a vehicle of about 1945 vintage. He said he was impressed with the work I delivered and knew that I would make good use of his stuff. So good things can come out of taking a risk and supporting other folk.