Each year when gearing up for The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair, I put a great deal of thought into what the theme for the year will be and what I’m hoping to express, and following that decision comes the creation of the year’s poster and promotional materials. This year, I was wanting to do something with birds and was feeling inspired by a large collection of prints I’ve been gathering for a gallery wall over the years. Then, one day on a trip to H&M, I spotted some darling jeans, covered with birds that had a sort of watercolor painting look which got me to thinking about birds once again. So, I set out on a Pinterest search for bird art, hoping to find the perfect artist. After a great deal of searching, I happened upon Danielle Kroll. What really caught my eye was this page from one of Danielle’s journals:

After discussing my project with Danielle, I commissioned her for this year’s show campaign. Danielle and I discussed the concept I had in mind and she came up with some initial sketches. I chose a sketch she presented depicting birds in flight and she got to work on bringing that sketch to life and created these three options with variations on colors, text placement, borders, etc.

After a small change to the text and a slightly different border, this year’s poster was born:

The “Will You Go With Me?” theme this year is a play on the notes passed around school between boys and girls in my younger days, young love, and love birds. Now, this love note is from me to you. Will you go with me to The Farm Chicks Fair? I hope to see you there!

Notes:

The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair is held the first full weekend of June each year in Spokane, Washington. You can read more about it here.

You can RSVP for the event on Facebook here.

Danielle Kroll is a Brooklyn based artist and designer who creates beautiful works. You can learn more about her here.

MEET SERENA!

Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.

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