awesome work! your artwork isn't the only thing improving, huh? :) NT

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Posted by Alissa on August 27, 2002 at 17:03:32:

In reply to: A moment of terror followed by a ray of sunshine posted by Lauren on August 27, 2002 at 02:42:16:

: I went to Drums Around The World Amherst this past weekend and did
: really crummy business. Last year's crowd filled the field, while
: this year's crowd wasn't even a quarter of that at the most, and
: hardly anyone showed on Saturday due to the weather. Yuck.
: Still, there I was in my lovely new salwar kameez, hennaing
: I had quite a few Indian folks walk by. One was a little old lady
: a gorgeous sari. I said Hi, she kept walking. Darn. Then this
: Indian woman about my age comes up and starts looking through my
: books. She asks me if I do the designs exactly as they are in the
: books. I say "I do them mostly as they are, but of course I
: improvise a bit." I'm thinking she wants to see if I'm just a copy
: artist or can I actually spin it out of my head. She points to a
: picture of my earlier work and says "Can you do this one exactly?
: like this one, but it is not worth ten dollars, right?" I guess
: had heard me tell someone else that my designs start at about ten.
: Still, the way she put it put me on the defensive right off. I
: say "No, that one is fifteen." It's a not-terribly-complex design
: but one with lots of fiddly little work and it has finger stuff.
: says "I'm from India and I know how much these things cost. I'll
: give you ten dollars." Now I'm thinking of all those cheapskates
: rude women from India that the Forum keeps encountering and I'm not
: sure that I want to be putting my designs on someone who's going
: be nasty about it. I stick to my guns "Well, that design usually
: costs fifteen." She looks at it, then at me, then at it, and
: says "Okay, I don't get what I want, and you don't get what you
: want. I'll give you twelve." At this moment I realize that she's
: not being rude, she's bargaining with a merchant in a souk stall,
: whatever the Indian equivalent is. I also realize that I don't
: of any other artists in the area and at the end of this henna I get
: to give her my business card to spread to her local
: community. "Done".
: Then I remember more about how the Forum posts said many ethnic
: people will casually tell you what to do and how to do it and never
: be satisfied, and she says as she sits that she came back from
: two months ago and had henna done there and I'm scared all over
: again, but set to it...
: And after I get half the design done, she starts calling people
: to look at what I'm doing. She says "Will you look at these tiny
: lines! How exact she is! I love this pattern, it's SO pretty!"
: had her friend take a picture of me working on her. She was so
: happy with design and I was just floating that I'd managed to
: someone who would know better. I hope I hear from her again, and I
: hope she got a rockin' stain. I did tell her about my selling
: supplies, so that could also lead places.
: The weekend was a flop, but I am so much more relaxed about doing
: this upcoming wedding now that I've had the opposite experience of
: what was posted earlier.
: I also remember doing the original design and how hard it was and
: long it took, and how easy it was for me this weekend. Makes me
: good to have actual evidence of how far I've come.
: Lauren


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