With a mad run up to it for weeks, in the print studio non stop and running around to find the perfect venue, it finally all came together and I have to say it was the best night of my career…..so far!!
Apologies for keeping you all hanging, but I have been flying about trying to get back to normal after the success of the event!! Excited/exhausted and add a super hot holiday into the mix…..is a hard combo to deal with!
Right where to begin?!
Ok, set up day, a pretty stressful day, as I could do no more work for it, all my work was final and was about to be displayed for everyone to come and see!
With wallpaper samples still to be picked up from the printers and a lack of tacks to actually hang every, yeah I do silly things like forget vital things needed, I thought it was never going to come together! Oh and throw in an interview from STV smack bang in the middle of it all I almost crumbled!
But with the help of my amazing Inker gals it all finally fell into place and I loved it!
One end of the huge space was set up as a homely installation, to show how comforting and unrecognisable the lesions from my MRI Scans now were!
The rest of the space was used as a gallery ,displaying my Screen Prints.
Framed laser etchings and also,
Digitally printed wallpaper samples.
When I finally saw all my work grouped together, I could see the whole collection was coming together and it got me so excited about continuing to develop and refine the rest of it!
Alongside my work was the Auction item area, which also looked great!!
My dear friends were so generous and donated some wonderful work and gifts!
A big shout out to Vanilla Ink and all my lovely Inkers for donating such beautiful pieces and a Make a Ring class. Thank you so much for all the other donations including stunning wine from Vinum, a Make a Lampshade class from the lovely Lovely Things, a print of yours truly by local artist Ryan Gordon and all the other little things that made lots of pennies on the night!!
Ok, it was almost go time, the cupcakes had just been set up and the wine had just arrived! I am not going to lie I don’t know if I was more excited about the event or the amazing Strawberry fizz from Cairn O’Mohr that would go perfectly with the vanilla cupcakes from The Santangeli Cakery anyway I had to get ready to hopefully greet lots of people?!!
Well what can I say….the number of people that attended was insane, the room was full, I couldn’t believe it!
What was even better was the reception to my work, it was great, far better than I ever expected! I got great support for fellow MSers but also the general public not only for the design side of my work but for the MS awareness side as well. So many people out there know of at least 1 person with MS, which still surprises me, but this meant they could relate to why I am determined to raise awareness of the condition.
It made me feel great, as a designer there is always the thought of ‘what if I am just making what I like and nobody else will like it or what if they don’t ‘get it’!! But they did, which has made me even more determined to make my work a success!
The night was going great, everyone was enjoying the food and drink, my work and most importantly bidding like crazy but the best was yet to come. I had organised to have some live music once bidding had closed.
Well that time came, oh so quick and the wonderful local artists Nicola Madill and Sean McGouldrick were setting up!
Wow they were brilliant, I now have a new love for acoustic music, it was incredible and everybody was loving them!
It was the perfect ending to what turned out to be the perfect night and perfect launch of Charcot!!
The next day I was on such a high but unfortunately I had to go and take down the display which was kind of sad, all that hard work…for one night!!
But I soon perked up when I started toting up the money which had been raised by donations, ticket sales and the great silent auction……..the Grand Total came to…..
I had raised over £1000 for MS Society Scotland…in one night!! It blew me away!
A huge thanks to everyone that donated and helped me achieve this outstanding amount, couldn’t have done it without you!
Oh and the total is still rising thanks to other donations and I will be posting more pieces that were not snapped up on the night on the Charcot facebook page so we can make even more!!