Event Review: Virginia Renaissance Faire 2017

We love participating in VARF, and were happy to return for five weeks this May to June! Of course, with an outdoor fair and the growing Virginia heat, there are always some hiccups.

First weekend, I was madly trying to track down our new tent with absolutely no info coming from the company as to an ETA. So, week of we went ahead and bought a car port from Harbor Freight and some canvas for side walls so we would have something.

So when did our new tent arrive? The day before show opened, so too late to get it set up for first weekend.

We did get it all set up for second weekend, thought we were hot and tired and did not realize it was inside out until it was all up. We left it that way for the show. Last hiccup? We were in our usual spot, but with a larger space it was clear just what an odd hill it was. The tent stayed well, but we were constantly having to accommodate for the lean. Next year, we’re adding a platform and an in-tent fan!

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Our temporary tent on the grey first day of faire.
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Second day – sunny, and Nathaniel’s huge sword from Artomatic is raised to gain attention to our odd space.
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Second weekend – new tent raised… inside out. Oops!
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Nathaniel working on armor at our demo table.
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Drawing the eye however we can – a new sign with our new logo, and a new colorful ribbon cape.
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Event Review: Steampunk World’s Fair 2017

This was our second year doing Steampunk World’s Fair, and we were happy to move to an inside hotel room space. This set up is unique as far as shows we have done – the first floor hotel rooms become vending space, small boutique shops that have creative set ups. Fortunately a vendor friend pointed out we would need to bring more lights, because hotel rooms are not meant to be bright. We also thought to buy a lot more vertical displays, because this was not a good space to try and bring multiple tables in and have multiple customers at a time.

Only things we’d change for next year? Confirm all details with the hotel so we don’t have any check-in issues like we did this year, get something eyecatching to put outside our room, and make some advertising posters including that we do costume repair.

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First wall you see when you come in – our refinished water guns, the popular flasks, and more.
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Fully into the room – waist cinchers and masks.

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The grid wall and extra lighting really made a difference in our display.
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My first holsters, and a continuation of my leather and lace series.
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More swords and the giant flask. Our eye catching corner.
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One of the takers on our repair services. Love to corgi themed costumes!
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The costumes are definitely one of the highlights of Steampunk World’s Fair.
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Nathaniel’s plasma caster – huge steampunk mod. Can you guess what this started as?

Event Review: Southampton Renaissance Faire 2017

Fall and Spring are always chancy times of year for weather. We’ve been fortunate this year in having better luck than last thus far. But this small faire in April got interesting.

First, creativity with set up. We had not yet received our new tent, so we made something up quickly with two 10 x 10 canopies and a quickly sewn cover. The set up this year was odd. Flow did not make obvious sense. One of the reenactor groups was so far away they seemed like a private encampment. But the crowds on Saturday were decent and people had fun as usual.

Just in time for the evening feat it started to pour down rain. Fortunately the feast is in the big garage building of the fairgrounds. We had a good meal with friends, then decided to pay for a night in a hotel.

Good thing we did. We came back Sunday to find our tent was standing in a lake. The organizers allowed people to move into the large building and use table space for Sunday. So I started opening us up for sales while Nathaniel took down our tent and helped out neighbors.

So for all that the event ended up unusual for a renaissance faire, the move indoors ended up being a good thing. Maybe it was that the vendors were now moved together and easier to find. Maybe it was the small remaining group of people staying closer together and making the building festive. Either way, Sunday went even better than Saturday. So, pouring rain but a good show. Thanks everyone!

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Our makeshift pavilion, in its odd spot near the pony rides. Out of main traffic, but not the worst location.
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Nathaniel getting all ready to show his wood weapons.
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My leather bottles were a hit at this particular fair.

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Our indoor Sunday set up. Took a little table and made a booth. Odd but worked!

Artomatic 2017

Here’s a little change from our usual shows. Artomatic is one of my favorite recurring art events in the DC area. Every couple of years, they take over a vacant office building. The space is first come first serve to artists for whatever they want to create and share. It is a great opportunity to meet other artists and jump start your creativity.

This year Artomatic came back to Crystal City, and we managed to get a three person room. We split it between the two of us and another gamer artist friend, Kat, who does lovely comic style art. Doing a room together made us seem like a small, curated gallery. People loved stopping by and seeing our work over the month the show was running. So here’s what we displayed in our awesome room.

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My big project for the winter was to make a leather dragon. I made her head first, which means scaled up she was 13 feet long. Final assembly had to happen in place… so here she is while I am still adding scales.
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Up close on the dragon’s face. So many pieces of leather!
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And done! Ahdraga drew many people to our lovely gallery room.
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My additional leather work, these shadow boxes were all inspired by vintage lace patterns.
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Kat’s wall! Wonderful and fun ink and watercolor pieces.
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Another view for Kat.
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Nathaniel made weapons of modern gods. These got a lot of chuckles as people read the snarky captions.
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Hard to tell from the photo, but this sword is huge!

Show Review: Madicon 2017

On to March in my review catchups! We enjoyed doing Madicon at James Madison University again this year. It was the first show for our new logo design tags and redone displays, and we were really happy with the new look.

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We’ve started doing more shows with more space this year. So two table display!
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Fun with red, black, and gold and all new signs.
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Wyrd and Wired has a new logo as well for my dice jewelry.

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Show Review: Glimmerdark 2017

Yeah, I am way behind. Glimmerdark was in February, a fantasy and dark fairy convention that took over from Wicked Faire. It had it’s issues as a new/revised event, but I look forward to seeing what it becomes.

So to catch up more easily, I’m just going to sum it up in pictures. Enjoy!

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All set in the ballroom. We had to be a little creative since our booth opened on three sides.
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My new lightup cloak! Playing with sheer materials for the fairies.
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Masks and light up blades. The light ups were a hit – one area where occasional darkness was to our benefit.
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New sign, and lots of cloaks.
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Green fairy backpack flask.
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Happy barbarian fae with her new club!
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A view down the aisle, for a bit of the show feel. We don’t get out of our booth much.

Welcome 2017! General Updates from Wyrd Armouries

Hello Wyrd Armouries fans! We hope 2017 is treating you well thus far. We’re busy planning an amazing year, and wanted to take a moment to share some updates with you.

Our first half of the year in shows is set. Look at all these fun places you can find us this year:

  • March 10-12: Madicon, Harrisonburg VA. Link.
  • April 22-23: Southampton Renaissance Faire, Courtland VA. Link.
  • May 5-7: Steampunk World’s Fair, Piscataway NJ. Link.
  • May 13-14, May 20-21, May 27-28, June 3-4, June 10-11: Virginia Renaissance Faire, Spotsylvania VA. Link.
  • June 16-18: Awesome Con, Washington DC. Link.
  • June 30-July 2: BlerDCon, Arlington VA. Link.
  • July 21-23: Scares That Care Weekend, Williamsburg VA. Upstairs.  Link
  • September 1-4: Dragon Con, Atlanta GA. Link.

New year, New Tent… and displays, and tags, and…

We have bought our new tent! The new tent will be 19 x 13 feet, with red and white stripes. So you can still spot our red tent at fairs! I will totally be sharing photos once it arrives.

On top of that, we are revamping our display looks and our product tags. So stay tuned for the awesome new looks!

A pause in custom orders, but new things to come.

Nathaniel is in the middle of moving, so his workshop is currently closed. So, sorry to say no custom orders for the moment of weapons or woodwork. Other custom orders are still available.

But it shouldn’t be closed for long! Stay tuned for the announcement of when the workshop will reopen.

Thanks everyone, and here’s to a good year to come!