Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Here's a little more info: member Bryan Bogater was discussing this on the site last month: http://www.artfairinsiders.com/forum/topics/video-or-pics-of-how-yo...
In addition, Betsy, I have a friend who made one of a kind small house sculptures, Jan Richardson of Windy Meadows Pottery. She told me she was continually fielding the question of "where did you get these molds?" for her pieces, so welcome to that club! Another opportunity for education which is part of the selling conversation, right? Jan never had a chair in her booth and was continually "on" visiting and explaining and has a good sales record as a result.
I agree that it may be a distraction in your booth, and hard to see in the daylight. Also, the video I pulled up was too fast. I think it may work better if you took a series of photos, maybe about 7 or 8, and hung them in your booth. I've seen other artists that do that.
Videos or long slide shows tend to have people standing around watching them. Showing how you create you art is good, but you don't want to have it distract from the art itself.
I have a 9 step 'how to' in my booth framed in a 16 by 20 inch frame - draws people in, explains to people who want to know if I am talking to someone else, helps with the explanation when I tell someone and they don't get it......
I looked at your video (well I started to - too long for me to finish!). My 'how to' picture series takes me about 20 seconds to walk people thru.
Great work! I did watch the video all the way thru because I really wanted to see the end result and I love it. But the video was so fast it made me motion sick. Not sure if that can be changed or you even want to change it. The pictures are a good idea. What about a QR code that links peoples smart phones to the video if they are interested in seeing the process?
I use an ipad with retina display in my booth. The image is easy to see and I have it in "picture frame" mode. It is usually set to show installation images but if someone is interested I can show them another photo album, for instance a process slide show. I also like that I can go directly to my website and show the customers how to reference the piece they are considering. I paid for my ipad the first time I used it. The couple couldn't remember the size of the table they just bought. We went on line to the Stickley furniture site, found the table with dimensions and they bought a $750 piece. They were ready to walk out. It's just another selling tool for me. I think a tv would be more of a distraction.
(My take on things) Although I don't have real experiences yet in the booth I do sell TV's at a retail store as a part time job. I would say a LED would be the way to go. plasma can glare in the sun and although I prefer there look, because of the glare I would say LED. They are also brighter then Plasma(led=LCD)(just dif lighting system)
As a side note don't buy new. floor display can be a lot cheaper. I have seen a 50 inch plasma 3D TV sell for 130$ on clearance. Or buy off E-bay or used
They actually do make TV's made for outside too but they are insanely expansive. Also if you were to put a frame around the TV and invert it deep into the frame the shadow the frame would make may look OK in daytime.
grrrr again sorry did not see the fact the post is from November. grrrrr
One of the problems of being next next to Michelle Monet is that the crowd of people jammed around her booth wanting to buy her stuff kept waking me up.
Hi Michelle! This is the wood guy who was next to you the first week of Gatlinburg. Hope all is going great for you.
Did you get ever get into the studio to record?
Enjoyedgetting to know you last fall.
ahhh RAY! LOL. I just now saw this post. It was nice meeting you toooo of course. YES I did finish a CD in my home studio. Ill have it for sale at all of my art shows now. Are you doing the Gatlinburg show this year??