We applied only to a few big art festivals this year, and then wait until the jury makes a decision if we are a fit for their event. One event we have done since 2012 is a labor day weekend event at Hale Farm and village in Bath, Ohio. Hale is a reconstructed 18th century midwestern villiage, with historic interpreters, and artisans working in the manner common to that age. Its also a working farm, with a plethora of animals and the farm is run by the Western Reserve Historic Society. For the labor day weekend it transforms into 150 artist tents throughout the grounds as well as food and music. Made in Ohio Art Festival is the name. And it is just a wonderful experience.
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Until the early 1980s almost every bathroom had a few bars of soap… commercially made, bought in bulk from the grocery store. TV commercials advocated virtues to using these bars of soap, and fed us a myth that if we used that soap we would develop special qualities…. beyond clean and fresh. It was the heyday of brands like Irish Spring, Dial, and Dove. Bar soap dominated the market, and we all used them. Then it happened – the advent of the liquid soap movement, and the antibacterial soap movement saw the ever expanding shelf displays of bottled liquid soap, of antibacterial soap. The media whipped a frenzy of thoughts about how much bacteria was out there, and how we need to sanitize, to bomb our skin with antibacterial soaps. And we did.
Over our 11 years in business there have been moments that pressed us out of measure, and we initially wondered why these challenges came along. There was not room for the why – but instead we needed to press on. But something interesting came of the challenge…. challenge brings growth…. and we pivot to adjust to the challenge. In the pivot came discovery…. and in discovery we improved our process, our product, and our outlook. The concept of silver linings speaks not just of a good outcome for what initially looked like an impossible challenge…. but it speaks of the mindset that is willing to look beyond the challenge and ask one question – how?