Did you attend the Signatures and Originals shows in Ottawa annually? Were you a regular visitor to Bombshell Revival’s booth at the shows? By this time in the midst of the Covid-19 world we are all currently living in, you are well aware that both of these shows were cancelled for 2020. This meant that all of the Canadian artists who exhibited at these shows and whom you normally visited and shopped with there now had to find other ways to keep in touch with their customer base as well as to introduce themselves to new customers. It has been a challenge for many of us and I personally had all but written off any further potential income for the rest of 2020.
Apparently, Signatures had not. I received an email from them a few months ago hinting at something in the works that was exciting and may be of interest to the tried and true artists in their roster as well as to potential new artist additions. I suspected it might be an online shopping platform and I was right. They followed up their teaser email with another one that fully outlined their plan and ideas to keep the local and Canadian artist community hopeful and alive while we waited for the return of the ability to participate in live, in person shows again.
Signatures created an online shopping platform or shop for Canadian artists to sell their work. They are as committed to supporting Canadian artists as ever and also, as usual in all their endeavours, their professionalism, creativity and attention to detail is alive and well. All of the artists in the Signatures family were invited to participate and new artists were encouraged to apply as well. Setting up and opening my shop was labour intensive but fairly simple. The site has been public for almost a month now and went live in a slow launch so as not to crash the site or any systems with a sudden overload. Little by little over a week, the shop became more and more complete for visitors and is now at full volume and ready to greet and entice you.
I am grateful to Signatures for taking such great care of us and for being so proactive. It has given me a renewed sense of hope and purpose. It feels great to be moving forward and at least giving something a try instead of staring at full garment racks and hat bins and worrying and wondering about the future. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
You can find my shop on the shop.signatures.ca website here:
I hope you will visit my shop and also enjoy your experience on the site in general. Thank you for supporting local, handmade and small businesses during these times, and always. Without you, artists cannot thrive and keep their creative spirit alive.