I'm going to ride three gap today, backwards, and even though I'm not leaving until about 12:30; a chain saw, a jackhammer and a solicitous phone call have all conspired to not let me sleep in. I guess I've done enough sleeping this week while I was sick, anyway, so I figured now is as good a time as any to update.
The other day I received an email inviting me to consider consigning my soaps and scrubs at Youngblood Gallery & Boutique. Coincidentally, I had sent an email to the person I thought was in charge of artist submissions that same day unbeknownst to the aforementioned sender. I think that qualified as automatic acceptance! So yesterday I brought samples by their new location on North Highland Avenue to see which items they'd like to carry. As a side note, I used to set up a table every so often at their previous Grant Park location for Kraftworks which took place on the first Thursday of every month. Any local artist/crafter was welcomed to come and set up a table to socialize and peddle their wares in an indie/urban art environment. I have been told that kraftworks may be reinstated at the new location, which would be great. Also, an extremely talented artist and friend of mine ;jimiyo has done some work for them, I believe.
I will be delivering the goods next Tuesday and I imagine from there, it won't be but a day or so before they're on display for all to see, sniff and purchase. One of the best things for me about their new location is that it's right down the road from where I work, so when people ask me where they can get my soap, instead of giving them a website, I can send them two blocks south where instant gratification awaits. Available on the shelves at Youngblood will be nine different varieties of soap, all three 'flavors' of soap cake and two different sugar scrubs. I am very excited.