Very excited to announce that our Honesty Table will be part of our
forthcoming mini retrospective at
Kettles Yard in Cambridge (from Sept
For those of you not in the know, this is one teensy satellite
of a global, slightly anarchic and unregulated network of
artist-led honesty shops many of which you can enjoy online
here at the International Village Shop. In
fact shopkeeper and artist Kathrin Bohm will bring
the concept to
an event on our Floating Cinema on Sat. 21st
September, highly recommended. Other players in the field
include Grizedale Arts'
Coniston Honest Shop and we are all inspired by the brilliant
Kate Rich's Feral Trade project.
How does it work?
Our Honesty Table is based on a low, square
Japanese table, as it derived from our 'Seven Samurai' project in Japan. It has
space for 6 product ranges at a time, so turnover wants to be
pretty swift and product runs should be small, as should the items!
Popular things tend to be home grown fruit / veg
(bagged up pref.), jams and pickles, baking, small craft
items. Suppliers can label their stuff up with a
recommended price but the money collecting jars are not policed so
you get what you get! Extra stock can be shelved below the table
but suppliers should be prepared to visit the gallery during
opening hours often to check on their stock and income.
Items should be hand-made or small scale production and local-ish.
Common sense should prevail as there are no guarantees - i.e don't
expect to sell raw sausages or home-made porn from it.
Occasionally Nina and I will contribute some stuff, and it's been
known to appear on eBay shortly afterwards at a considerable
mark-up. We're fine with that :-)
So if you're local to Cambridge and make, bake or gather
suitable stock, get in touch if you'd like
to 'sell' on the Table during the show.