Registration for the 2016 CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing you to some of our Workshop instructors so you can hear about their live classes and what you can expect to learn from them.
This week, we meet Trish Hansen, who will be teaching Mixing the Media with Hampton Art and DecoArt. Retailers – take Trish’s Workshop to learn make-n-take classes that you can replicate in your store. You’ll use Hampton Art Stamps and Surfaces, and DecoArt Glass Media to create a “stained glass” lantern and a magnetic message board. Plus, you’ll takeaway techniques that you can use to develop additional mixed media class projects for your customers.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
When I was growing up, I was happiest when playing with paints, crayons, paper-mâché, markers, and papers; a day with my hands covered in ink and my face with glitter was always a great one!
I was fortunate enough to take a temporary job in the accounting department at Personal Stamp Exchange 22 years ago. Within a short time I had moved to sales and my “temporary” job lasted until 2003 when the company sold and subsequently closed. I learned the industry from the best in the industry; I learned to organize and instruct workshops from the best as well.
As a sales representative working with independent retailers, I know how important it is to cross merchandise. As a designer and instructor, I understand the benefits of classes that are easy to teach but inspire participants to explore crafting in new ways. It’s been several years since I instructed a class at the CHA MEGA Show, and I’m really looking forward to this one in January!
How many years have you participated in the CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show?
I’ve participated in the Show for over 20 years!
What is your favorite part of the CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show?
Inspiration! I love to see new products and how designers are using them. It’s wonderful to see everyone, and to have the opportunity to share the experience together.
How would you describe a live workshop at the CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show to someone who has never attended before?
What better way to learn a product than from the people who developed it or work with it every day? The Show is where you get the tips and tricks that you never learn from how-tos and YouTube videos.
Why should buyers and creative professionals take your workshop?
We will be using a single medium – one created for glass – on three different surfaces. From this workshop you’ll have three classes to teach in your store, and ideas for a few more (plus access to instructions for them). It is an evening class, so we’ll set it up so you will be able to pick up your kit or stay and complete one or all of the projects, as you desire.
How does your workshop relate to emerging trends and the current state of the creative industry?
My classes are fun DIY/home décor/party projects with products that will fit easily into almost any craft store’s merchandise mix. Many crafters are enjoying the freedoms of working in the less structured “mixed media” genre. While the motif we chose for this class is a simple floral and is structured, there will be plenty of samples using the same surfaces and media to create more fluid art projects. The goal of this workshop is not only to help retailers teach, but to help them SELL.
What is the best advice you can offer about attending the CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show, whether someone is attending for the first time or is an industry veteran?
Don’t put yourself in a box. Walk the entire floor with an open mind. If you have a paper craft/scrapbook store, don’t limit yourself to those booths. Visit yarn, bead and art supply booths for ideas on how to enhance your inventory mix. Likewise, if you own a yarn or quilt store, you are sure to find products or ideas that you can apply to your store at other booths. This is your opportunity to see items you may have never considered – think creatively.
What do you love most about the creative industry?
The people – without a doubt.
Where do you see the creative industry in five years?
I’m not great at predictions, but I hope to see more local and independently owned stores. Crafting is tactile as well as visual; the big box and Internet stores have their place, but the best way for people to learn to love crafting is to have access to people who know and love their medium, and who are excited to share it with others.
What do you love most about CHA membership?
I love the CHA MEGA Show and the Member e-Newsletter. CHA provides a vehicle for all of us to communicate and keep up with trends and events in the industry.
Register to take Mixing the Media with Hampton Art and DecoArt and our other CHA MEGA Conference programs before they sell out! Stay tuned on the CHA blog this Friday when we will meet Cindy Bisson McGee!