Since I participate as an artist every year at FIL, I thought I would share a little bit of the history of this wonderful festival.
Did you know that FIL is the largest outdoor, FREE Francophone event in the U.S? Herman Mhire, a Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is the founding president of FIL, which began in
1986 as a community-supported, non-profit organization whose goal was to produce an annual visual and performing arts festival celebrating the French cultural heritage of southern Louisiana. FIL emphasizes the connections between Acadiana and the Francophone world; each year, musical artists from Europe, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean and the Americas come to Lafayette, Louisiana to share their talents with the community.
The original missions of the FIL were to enrich the community with a celebration of its native cultures through performing arts, educate the public of the achievements and artistic expressions of related global cultures, to develop culture and tourism, and to enhance economic development by expanding Lafayette’s reputation as an arts center and a destination for artistic events.
Originally primarily a musical event, FIL also now features workshops, theater and visual artists who are primarily members of the Louisiana Crafts Guild. The Marché des Arts, the FIL Fine Arts Market, showcases artists from all over the country. You will find handmade artisan jewelry, pottery, and many other handcrafted items.
In the Marché du Monde, FIL’s World Market, you will find commercial imports such as sculptures, art, clothing, jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photography, instruments and much more.
Click here to see the complete list of artists for the FIL2015 Marche des Arts (handmade art/craft): http://festivalinternational.org/artists-eats/marche-des-arts/
Click here to see the list of vendors for FIL2015 Marche du Monde (commercial imports): http://festivalinternational.org/artists-eats/marche-du-monde-hidden/
This link will take you to the complete musical schedule for FIL2015: http://lineup.festivalinternational.org/events/2015/04/22/
My story is now live on the site with pictures. This was a hard thing to write - hope it gives you a little more information about me and where I have come from & where I am going with my jewelry business. I love my job!! Go here to read the story: My Story
Well, the fall season is really going by quickly and I am staying very busy with special orders, requests for quotes (wedding and other special occasion pieces), web orders and, last but not least, craft shows! Fall is always a busy time of year for any craftsman/artist but this all is particularly so for me since we have a "new kid in town" with the Lafayette Horse Farm Market. This market is less than an hour from my house and is open EVERY Saturday. That is a serious commitment from the organizers! So, I signed up for a few Saturdays this fall; I do believe now that I have every weekend from now until Christmas booked with shows.
Wanted to share pics of the Festival Acadiens last weekend and a minor disaster. First the pics.
So, here is what happened. Big storm came through unexpectedly Saturday night...we innocently went by to check on the tent after dinner Saturday night (after a long but wonderful day at the festival that day) and, OMG, the top of the tent had peeled back in the storm and it was just pouring rain into our space. HUGE mess but we put the top back in place (in the rain) and arrived early the next morning to clean everything up....including about 2 inches of mud & dirt on our rug. We recovered, had a great show on Sunday - left the tent with a friend in Lafayette! Above right, pics of the tent sides drying out in our backyard after returning home. Oh, man - hope that experience doesn't get repeated anytime soon.......gotta love outdoor craft shows!! Carry on!
Art made entirely of Mardi Gras beads - amazing! Huge murals - some as long as 8 feet in length. by an New Orleans-based artist named Stephen Wanger.
I just added these to my website and i just love them - the perfect little gift for yourself or someone else AND the sky's the limit when it comes to word on the disks! I cut the disks myself and hand stamp them - pretty organic and maybe a little funky looking? They can also be earrings - matching or not, which can be a lot of fun. I have plans to make bracelets as well - too many ideas, not enough time. Want to see more? Go HERE:)
So, this is my new logo/business card. it was designed by a very talented graphic designer out of lafayette. I'm happy with the color scheme and with my initials at the top - yes, this is actually how i sign my initials. the fleur de lis is meant to underscore the fact that i live and work in Louisiana - just a little nod to the French culture that permeates much of life here in south Louisiana.
Hi - this is my new blog. i have published other blogs in various places around the web - this is the latest. I plan to share what's going on in my jewelry business and other random thoughts because you know how it is - once you get going, it's hard to know when to stop. I hope this will be fun and interesting for everyone.
"Buy the ticket, take the ride" Hunter S. Thompson
Laura lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and creates jewelry inspired by ancient and contemporary designs and motifs.