We are just days shy of our next show, Indiana Artisan Marketplace in Indianapolis, Indiana. It's been four and a half weeks since Kentucky Crafted: The Market. Indiana Artisan seemed so far away then, so how is it almost here?
For this upcoming show James has finished his redesign of our tables. I must say I consider myself pretty lucky to have a business partner who has a Master's in Architecture. Pretty much our entire booth has been created by him. Booth lighting, our canvas panels with our jewelry images and name signs, our pendant necklace display, jewelry crate displays, and our main BSpoken table are all his creations. It's nice not to have to depend on outside sources for everything, as booths can be expensive to create and also have a way of needing repair and freshening up fairly often.
We've worked smart to create a booth ( our miniature pop up store) we can be proud of. We feel it represents our aesthetic and enhances our work. We like a clean, contemporary gallery look as opposed to the many other looks we could have chosen. Jewelry, compared to many arts and crafts, is small in nature. We've had to learn how to display our work so that it is visible from a distance.
We also feel it's important to make our booth accessible as well. To accomplish this, we display our work on different levels and have plenty of room to accommodate wheelchairs, etc. I never knew there was so much to consider when designing a booth. We've found it's really no different than designing a brick and mortar location. It's just much smaller in comparison.
I'm sure our booth visitors have no idea what thought, planning and work went into our booth, but it should be that way. It should look effortless.
After this show this weekend we have four weeks to prepare for three shows in May that are one week apart each. We've never done that. It will definitely be a challenge to keep up with producing enough jewelry. But then again, I love to be challenged.