It is a huge trade fair and there were renowned manufacturers of products for crafts
present. This was the first time miniatures were there too, and a beautiful exhibit
captured the public's attention.
There were artisans with stands to sell their work, like Cia das Artes, Anynha Miniaturas,
Casa do Miniaturista and MiniMarcia. It was a delight to see them all together.
The opportunity to buy directly from them (and save shipping costs, lol!) just couldn't
be missed!!! The only risk was to buy more than you planned and forget your budget...
As a bonus, several roomboxes by Regina Passy-Yip were being displayed and she was
there too, really nice and willing to supply us with further details of each setting.
She was also giving quick classes on how to make mini bonsais. What a treat!!!
Miniaturists from all over Brazil - artists, collectors and enthusiasts - arranged
a Mega Gathering to take place just before 'Mega Artesanal' a huge crafts fair in
Sao Paulo, on Saturday July 5th, for a “brunch”.
And it was a delightful gathering! Many of us had never met before, we had just exchanged
emails. There we had a chance to finally meet, exchange ideas and a very typical
warm Brazilian hug!
We also had the chance to have in our hands and admire in complete awe the miniatures
made by our friends and even buy as many as our budgets would allow us to: Flávia
de Oliveira (wicker); Roberto Ferrés (furniture ); Ivani Grande and Betinha (cold
porcelain); Regina Nachtigal (accessories), Ivo Kohek (displays).
Of course, I wouldn't let Regina Passy go before she signed my copy of her book!
A day to be remembered!
As for the fair, this is my impression:
- Huge variety of products - all crafts were well represented..
- Several stores and show-rooms.
- Many benches here and there so that when you get tired of so much walking, you could
sit and rest for a while to recover energy to resume the visiting.
- The possibility to watch talented artisans in the process of creating: sculptors,
painters painting on canvases, fabric, several materials, and a lot more was one
in a lifetime chance!
Aspects to be improved
- There was free transportation from the 'nearest' subway station - about 1 mile away
- to the site. But the stop was far from the station, and the streets would get really
dark after hours - when the fair would close. Very unsafe to walk, specially for
people who were not familiar with Sao Paulo .
- Restrooms were always too crowded, and on some days even paper was missing. What
- One had to walk - way too much - to get to the entrance gates from the transport
stop - or from the parking lot, whatever.
- I could not find any healthy option at the food court. We already know that food
is usually way more expensive inside those fairs than outside, but that's no reason
not to offer a fast healthy option, like fruits and salads...
- The ticket and parking were way too expensive for Brazilian standards... It gets
even worse if someone decides to come back again another day - the fair lasts 5 days.
Is it so hard to provide a kind of 'passport' for the full 5 days with a special
- The concept of taking short classes is awesome!!! But... I went there 2 days in a
row, bought two tickets and wasn't able to take a single one. Only those who arrived
way before the opening hour and were willing to wait for over 1 hour at each line
could take one - or some. Those who chose to walk around to check all there was to
see, like me, could forget about those classes. The organizers could ORGANIZE this
better, creating a booking system, limiting the amount of courses taken by ticket,
separating the courses from the show-rooms - like in auditoriums or something - so
that those who want to see the demos and the new stuff won't be bothered by the crowd
that just wants to stay in line for the classes... I'm even in favor of paying a
small extra fee per class taken, so that they could have more people per class.
- The stores charged exactly the same price inside the fair as outside... That would
make it worth shopping there only for those who were not from the city (Sao Paulo)
and would have a lot of trouble to get to all those stores in such a 'short' time
- you have no idea how 'gigantic' Sao Paulo is and how time-consuming going around
- Even with the prices not being that attractive, it was a struggle to get into each
store: huge and slow-moving lines... And inside them the space to move was even smaller...
Again, a discount voucher valid throughout the month to be spent at their regular
stores wouldn't be a bad idea to make shopping easier!
- Even though there were several demos everywhere, it was really hard to actually SEE
them. Bunches of people would gather in front of the artist and those behind wouldn't
be able to see a thing. Why not placing the artist on a slightly higher ground? Some
few manufacturers had the brilliant idea of placing a plasma tv above the artist
and keeping a camera shooting the demo, so that those behind could perfectly see
what was being done. An exemple to be followed...
I've been to many gigantic business fairs like Fenasoft (for hardware & software
products) and UD (for appliances and the like). Obviously they are always crowded,
but there were no more people per area in this fair than in those, and here I could
actually SEE almost nothing...
Except for the miniatures, which were worth all the trouble, I would have been very
frustrating... Which is a shame, for as a miniaturist, I like all kinds of crafts
and techniques and was looking forward to check all the new products and stuff!