Today, I attended the San Jose Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show at the San Jose Convention Center. As usual, I was on a mission to see what artists were creating and how I can incorporate them into my own projects.
Most of the same vendors from the Pleasanton and San Mateo shows returned to this show, including Linda Cullen’s bottle cap booth. Of course, I had to pay a visit to her booth to see if she created any new designs. With so many bottle caps, it was like digging through a gold mine because you never know what you’ll might find.
When I first saw her booth at the Pleasanton Show, my favorites were the sport logos both professionally and from the NCCA. Of course, there were lots of other ones to choose from, such as pop culture, animals, holidays, or anything else imaginable. Even after buying one with the Sacramento Kings logo from the San Mateo show, I still plan on buying some more to give to my friends or use them myself to create my own projects, just like I do with my cards or posters.
One of the best things about Linda’s booth is that her customers offer her suggestions for what kind of images they’d like in their bottle caps because the possibilities are endless! Although this was my third time seeing Linda’s booth, her husband Charlie stated that I was a regular customer. In returning the favor to buy a bottle cap, I gave them a couple of my new business cards so they can contact me to exchange new ideas.
Although Linda’s bottle caps and my greeting cards may be different from each other, the one thing they both have in common is that they can be used for a lot of different occasions. Who knows, maybe one day she can use some of my paintings in her bottle caps, even if they’re rather large.
Although Linda’s booth was at the top of my list, another booth stood out to me too called A – Z Designs. Like Linda’s bottle caps, designers Ashley and Zack customize their creations using vinyl, metal, wood, or anything else to make sport logos, messages, or whatever the imagination strikes.
Throughout the festival, I was able to distribute some of the leftover business cards to the other booths in case they plan on buying my cards.
Every art show that I’ve gone to this year really stretched my imagination on what I plan to create in the near future because their are endless possibilities on what you can create!
Will I find any other artists that have the same creativity as the bottle caps? What other kinds of materials can be made into new creations? In the art world, you’ll never know what you might find!