With all of the disappointment that came with having to cancel the 2020 Farm Chicks Fair, I never even got around to officially sharing the poster and talking about the theme, so I thought it’d be fun to share it even though it will now never come to be.
The 2020 fashion theme was inspired by my solo trip to Paris and some beautiful experiences I had during my visit, including some exhibitions at the Yves St. Laurent Museum.
I wanted the fashion theme to be really lighthearted and playful and landed on a Barbie-style interpretation for the poster and accompanying materials. I commissioned artist Jessica Allen and we worked together to bring the Barbie-style vision to life. It was so fun to have myself and my daughter turned into “Barbies” on the poster, along with our own doll carrying case, clothing and accessories.
After all of the posters and postcards were printed, I had to reschedule Farm Chicks due to Covid, had the design re-worked (as seen above), and had everything printed once again. But alas, it wasn’t to be.
Each year the process is so personal to me and this year even more, having included my daughter on the poster. I still feel such an aching when I see it now. I wonder if that ache will ever go away?
The guest badges featured Barbie-style accessories, the set-up day badge a simple Barbie-style little top on a hanger, and the Curator badge depicted a retail Barbie-style hat and boots toy package.
All of this, along with my plans for a fun and happy entrance installation will now live on in my imagination. Now, the creation has begun for Farm Chicks 2021 and I’m giving it my all. Here’s to looking forward to better days to come!
IT'S ME, SERENA!
In 2002, I was dreaming of creating a fun and happy little event to sell my vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, I held my first event in my neighbor's barn along with a handful of friends. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces packed with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best event of its kind in the USA. I describe it as the best weekend of the year!
I love your show. Had planned to spend my 85th birthday there!!! Maybe my 86?
Thanks so much, Diane. That makes me very happy. I would love to see you at Farm Chicks for your 86th! xo, Serena
How cool you have a daughter as I thought you only had four boys. How did I miss that?
Love love love the 2020 badges, but I know you’ll make 2021 even better!
Thanks, Kristy. One of our children is transgender and is the daughter we never knew we had. We love her very much.
I’m so happy you love the 2020 badges. 🙂 I’m looking forward to creating cute things for 2021! xo, Serena
I miss Farm Chicks!!! Best vendors and a wonderful time in Spokane. Can’t wait for 2021
I miss so much about it. Well, everything really. The excitement of the build-up, the Curators, the creativity, the comradery, the shoppers. *Sigh* Can’t wait until we all gather again.