In May of 2011 I went to the PMC Connection's Retreat at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg TN. At that time I took the Level 4 Certification class from Mary Ann Devos. The focus of the class was promoting yourself as an artist and as a teacher.
Now anyone who has ever met Mary Ann remembers her. That is not an accident. She stated in class that when we go into a gallery, we want them to remember us. She advised us to be unique, to stand out, to make an impression. She does this through what she is wearing; a glove, a feather in her hair, an unusual hat or a unique article of clothing.
I think it is a great idea (but again, that is not in my nature and something I would have to consciously work at........ basically I guess I'm boring. I'm an only child and I''m supposed to want to be the center of attention. What happened? Must have been my brother "the Boat!" But that's a whole different story.)
Anyway, this post is about my friend Carol Scheftic. (http://convergentseries.wordpress.com/) I met Carol when I was seeking out a metal clay guild. We've taken several classes together and gone to a couple of conferences together (which is where we are now) and have become good friends. Carol makes an impression. (I'm not sure this was her intention.) She wears a "fishing vest." The vest serves the purpose of being able to carry many of her metal clay pieces since there are so many pockets in it. It's not only useful, but I really think it also makes people remember her. It makes her stand out.
Another thing that made her memorable at the current conference was her necklace made from bracelets of charms collected at past conferences. She strung together three such bracelets and of course is working on her fourth.
The charm exchange at the conference is something I always look forward to. It's fun to have a visual memory of the people you meet. My previous posts were about the charm that I was making. In future posts, I'll share some of the charms I received.