From left to right:Carole, Soren, Kim Murray (our star event helper) Louise,Penni and Peter Aagaard.
Our brick and mortar store, Rogers Gallery (as opposed to TrollbeadsGallery.com) hosted our second event with a genuine Trollbeads designer and who also happens to be one of my very favorite designers, Soren Nielsen. Yes, he is as kind and gentle as he appears in his pictures.
The event itself was wonderful in the sense that the people who attended were not as much excited about the product this time but more by meeting the artist who helped create Trollbeads and to them that was the whole purpose for attending. I feel as though I have succeeded in expressing the very essence of the spirit behind the company and this spirit is all about the artists and about the art they create. Everyone was so excited to meet Soren and to see him work with his wax and flame that they stood in layers trying to see every step and technique.
After a while at “the bench” Soren graciously invited the more adventuresome souls to try their hand at the wax and helped them get a feel for the technique and each one created something they could take home and have made into a bead. Before Soren left late that afternoon he created a charm by using a pod he found in front of the gallery. We have two special Stewartia trees and each year their blossums develop into beautiful pods and as much as I have appreciated the pods each year I never would have thought to make anything of them. Imagine seeing the world from Soren's eyes, he must go throught life imagining everything as a bead. I am now anxious to have it made into a silver charm I can have dangle from my bracelet.
How did I feel? Wow, how do I even begin to explain how if felt for me to have Soren under my roof and in my gallery? How can I put it into words? Let alone Soren, but to have his brother in law, Peter Aagaard at the same time was just as exciting. You have to understand I have been absolutely fascinated by this incredible family for years now and before they came to distribute the line in the U.S. themselves earlier this year, I never thought the time would come where I would actually have them in my gallery with me. First Isobel and now Soren and Peter. I was nervous and excited at the same time.
With each incounter with the family and with the designers I come to learn more about the creative process and about the company itself.
Soren and Peter, we all give you our thanks for the very enjoyable day.