IMATS London 2014: The Show

Extremely late to the party with this one, apparently – looks like every other blogger has already published their IMATS London 2014 posts! Unfortunately, my post is going to be as crappy as I feel right now. I woke up with a horrible cold on Friday morning (WHY this weekend? WHY?) and by the time I dragged myself out of bed an at ungodly hour on Saturday, I was snotting and coughing all over the shop like no one’s business. Still, there was no way in hell I was going to miss it altogether.

IMATS London 2014

IMATS London 2014

IMATS London 2014

IMATS London 2014

IMATS London 2014

IMATS London 2014

IMATS London 2014

IMATS London 2014

IMATS London 2014

IMATS London 2014

IMATS London 2014

IMATS London 2014

IMATS London 2014

IMATS London 2014

IMATS London 2014

This is the first time in my five years of visiting IMATS that I’ve not stayed for at least one whole day. I was there when the doors opened (as always!), but I was gone again by midday. It really, really sucked – not the show, just being ill. I took less than a quarter of the amount of photos than I usually do, and bought a whole lot less too. I didn’t see any of the talks I wanted, I didn’t see the student competitions (which are consistently a highlight for me), I didn’t even marvel at the incredible artwork taking place right in front of me. I basically shuffled around like a nasty infected mouth-breathing zombie. Luckily, Sheenie who patiently put up with my spluttering has written a fantastic account that does the show a LOT more justice than I could this year.

There’s no rest for the wicked, because soon after I got home on Saturday I had to head out again for my sister in law’s birthday party which completely drained me even more. I hoped that, if I was feeling better, I might be able to head back to Olympia on Sunday and just generally appreciate the IMATS experience a whole lot more. Annoyingly, I felt even worse when I woke up and had lost my voice, too. Now I’m just fuming – fuming that immune system had to choose THIS weekend to be an utter failure, and fuming at myself for letting it spoil my weekend. If you’re a long-time reader you’ll know that IMATS is literally the highlight of my year and I was so looking forward to it.

Even so, I’m as honoured as ever to have been able to attend in the first place. IMATS really is something, a real experience that I absolutely love. Apologies for the really whiny and self-indulgent post (I’m nothing if not self-aware, haha), but I will show you the pretty things I bought soon and then we can start the countdown to IMATS London 2015 – which, with any luck, I will be in perfect health for. Yay! In the meantime, please do give Sheenie’s post a read.

Thank you for having me, IMATS – I’m just sorry I couldn’t do you more justice this time around!

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