One of the things I like best about setting up a display is actually getting to see the things I’ve made. Really, all these things are packed away when they aren’t on display, so after I’ve made them and photographed them for my website, I pack them away to keep them clean and new-looking until my next event. It’s good to see them again!
Each time I set up a display at an event it’s different. The space I have is different, the fixtures, the lighting, and I arrange my things to make the best use of it. This is the fun part, kind of like decorating for the holidays, pulling out all these familiar things that have been packed away since the last event.
And then I decide the best way to place and feature each of the items within the display. The gift bags are a hit, but not until I pulled a few out of their baskets, opened them up and set them out on display. Still, I had to point them out to people. For an extra visual lift for them I tucked a piece of colored tissue in the top and then there was no question.
Yes, the Bella! tote bags rally stand out when they are repeated somewhere prominent. The large jute bags really weren’t cooperating so I’ll have to remember a piece of cardboard to put inside them for the next display.
Everything needs its own space on the table, but I also need height to display more goods, especially with more small items I’ve been making.
I like to match up some things and also place things of contrasting shape, size and color next to each other. Sometimes it’s a good idea to display something as it would appear in use, but I found with the trinket dishes that, lying flat on the table as they would be, they disappear, I stood them up on easels and they are looking right at you.
Small note cards are easily lost in displays so I use little easels to display them at an angle to other things, including other cards.
Prints can be difficult because I have so many I can never display them all individually, and they are different sizes so I can’t even keep them all together.
Then there are greeting cards too,
And then the garden flags, tees, wall art, canvas prints…I made the latticework panels 25 years ago after my very first cat show in 1992. I’ve been hoping to replace them because, even though they look nice in the background, they aren’t as stable as I’d like, and they really don’t display things all that well.
I have a few weeks off from shows so perhaps I’ll actually have the time to start building the display panels I’ve designed. Or perhaps I’ll just make more stuff!
One thing I will do with my time is upload all the feline gift bags in addition to the flowery gift bags. You might also notice a few new tote bags as well, the jute bags with my block print “Yes?” on them. These will be a new item regularly offered, and I’m experimenting with a few different types of bags. What fun! More to come!
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