Thursday, October 21, 2010
The wheels of progress move slowly when I have too many irons in the fire. I really have been working on plans for my art fair booth all along. I visited several more art fairs and looked critically at readi-made fold up shelves. I also went to Pier One and looked at their fold up shelves. Although the mass produced fold up shelves look nice and are convenient to purchase, they're not as stable as the ones I've seen in several booths.
Armed with photos of the shelves I saw which John of JBF Times (thanks John) used in his booth, I posted an ad on craigslist asking for someone to make the uprights for my shelves. Frankly I didn't expect a call. But low and behold, I've had three calls and I should have two sets of shelves in two weeks. I plan on having the uprights 6 feet tall and shelves 12 inches apart. I think the double uprights on each end which are hinged make for a more stable shelving system. I plan to paint them black for a cohesive look.Once I get the shelves painted I'll do a mock set up of my tent and booth and post it here. In the meantime I'm working on a free standing peg board placard design where I can display the tiles and other hanging work I make. I also looked at the various methods artists use to hold down their tents, PVC filled with sand or concrete, concrete blocks, and others. I decided I would use dumb bells since I can get dumb bells in various weights and not have to use one large heavy item for each corner. I can put a strap around the dumb bell and attach it to the tent and maybe the shelves to weight them down. Anything to save Gary's and my back.I went to a fabric store and thought about making a sign for my booth, but since I am a machine sewer and not a hand sewer, I quickly discarded that idea and am now researching a professional made banner for my art booth. Till I have that sorted out I can rely on my previous computer printed sign posted in a Plexiglas display at the front of my booth.
Meanwhile I've got a list of shows to enter from now till next summer and I'm looking into various credit card options. Next week I'll fire a couple of bisque loads and a glaze load because my drying shelves are filling up and there's no room for more work. Any advice or suggestions are welcome. Up next is a post about pottery shopping in Seagrove, NC, you won't want to miss that.