October 31, 2011

New Signage

This is the new sign for my art show display. Previously, I never had any signage, except for item descriptions and price tags, but those are dinky. Loretta (BFF and merchandising expert) said my booth needs an identity. I've been doing shows for many years and, sadly, I'm just now getting around to this. As for the doll, I may have to keep her. Red Ferraris are known to be ticket-magnets, and I'm hoping the image of this red doll will draw patrons closer like the CHP to an exotic red car screaming down the freeway.
This mock-up is how everything will look once the image is printed and mounted. My husband did the graphic work for me. I can count on Tien for good advice too.
Lastly, my 10' x 10' white tent needs some pizzazz. Without front door signage, all white booths look the same. How would anyone find me?

October 27, 2011

Tweaking (again)

You might not know what is different here from the photo in the prior post, but I do. Thanks to professional merchandising expertise from Loretta, my best friend of 40+ years, I got great advice. Now, the bare metal is covered with fabric, the lights are in perfect placement, and a red runner punctuates the center. Icing on the cake would be a picture light installed over the center frame where a sign reading "ABC Rags" will go. After every possible tweak and three trial runs in the garage, this has to be perfect because, if it isn't, I'll be at the next show thinking, "Aww, darn, I should have done that too..."

October 21, 2011

Satisfied, I Think

I'm getting ready for this season's shows by tweaking my display. The picture frames are lined with chicken wire and cloth for exhibiting altered dolls, and the shelves will hold lavender pillows and all the other textile treats made in my studio.

Previously, I had a long table and stood behind it which seemed to allow patrons to examine wares without pressure. After I changed to this 6' rack and hung a red curtain in the back, standing in front was uncomfortable, as if preventing folks from venturing closer. Then I tried to display the dolls on a shelf turned sideways, but it appeared makeshift. I think I've got it now with the picture frames and the ability to see out from behind them, but the real test will be on the selling floor.

The next projects include a store sign and making the table skirt more interesting/less bare. Suggestions for gussying up the skirt, anyone?

October 17, 2011

This Ain't No Sweatshop

Similar doll bodies were made a few years ago. They're tall, with exaggerated skinny limbs. This is the only one in a seated position. The hand-dyed shibori skirt is a Doshi remnant and the bodice of textural florets is from an August failure that works perfectly for this 21" doll. The doll's head was made some time ago too, during an experiment in 3-dimensional noggins. Under the black and white skirt is a sheer pumpkin petticoat that gives the silk some substance. To be made next is a Christian LaCroix-inspired shrug from another piece of sheer pumpkin which lays to the right of the doll.

I also used the same beading technique on the hem as other recent doll skirts. It gives a finished look that I like, and also gives weight to the edge of the skirt so it hangs properly.

October 16, 2011

Bead Stitching

Some time ago I knitted scarves using a very easy pattern. A little glitz and shine on the edges was called for. Usually, I love tedious work, but for some reason, bead stitching on the edges wasn't as enjoyable this time. Maybe too much coffee?

Today I'm working on a doll. I wonder what she'll look like. Wondering where the path leads is always an adventure. To be sure, I'm in need of an adventure (see previous paragraph) and being led by the hand of a doll is a curiosity indeed. I'll share once the work gets underway.

October 9, 2011

I Got What I Paid For

New merchandising props for my art show booth required two decorative frames. Add chicken wire and richly textured Mary McFadden-ish pleated fabric and, voilĂ , doll displays!

I went to Michaels with my frugality and resourcefulness. Instead of spending $45 on two wood frames without glass, I came home with really cheap, preframed "art," removed the thin glass, art and backing, and was left with the empty frames I needed. It turns out I gypped myself instead. After ripping out the artwork, I discovered the frames were made of dense foam core. WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED IT?! Foam core??

Finding out the frames weren't wood was bad news. No wonder they were so lightweight. They damage very easily after using a staple-gun on the backside. These will fall apart sooner than I want, so I'll end up going back to Michaels to get solid wood after all.

UPDATE 10/10/11, 4:15pm
While testing the new frames on my display rack, the hanging hardware came loose. I was headed upstairs to glue it back together and then I tripped, fell, skinned my arm and broke the frame. The foam core frame is a goner. Now I have to spend more money (like I should have in the first place) and get proper wood frames. I'm really mad.

October 6, 2011

Fall Photo Session

The reworked Nancy Anne Storybook Dolls had a photo session in hopes of being chosen for the Talmadge Art Show mailer. I've been reading forums that discuss art show marketing. Jewelers often display blown up photos of items to bring people in for a closer look. Since my dolls are little, a doll portrait could serve the same purpose, esp if it's the same photo on the mailer (fingers crossed!).

Here is a photo of a doll that I didn't submit for the mailer, but want to share with you.

Steve Jobs, RIP...

October 2, 2011

Post-Show Photos

On Saturday, Nancy and I shared a booth at the Master Gardeners' Autumn Garden Tour & Market. There were 40 vendors selling everything from plants, garden decorations, birdhouses, ceramic pottery, items decorated with succulents, to vertical gardening supplies, among other things. The weather was beautiful and there was a nice breeze which, every now and then, kicked up and gave our tents a good shimmy. Nancy sold quilts and I sold lavender pillows, tillandsias and wire cloches. We had a good time visiting with folks and fellow vendors. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and made purchases. We appreciate you.