Okay, here we go. Another Newbie on the loose! First, may i tell you all how much I have enjoyed this site over the past few weeks. I feel as if I'm in really good company with others who are actually doing what I've been wanting to do for years. it just seemed so impossible to get started because no one I knew was actually doing it.
It is also a great way to find answers for well meaning family and friends who, with obvious intrusive irritation, say "why don't you just do shows? What's your problem?" How does one explain that it's just not that easy. It's a life decision and although you're doing what you love, it's still very much work in the true sense of the word.
So, thank you for the opportunity and all that you've shared. I hope I will be able to do the same for others going forward.
Okay. I've been in the biz selling my work on and off for many years through galleries, and in my own studio, etc. but this year I have decided to go the show circuit. I'm starting strictly local, smaller shows under $300 this summer. I've got two coming up in June. I just did my FIRST show which was indoors, and really primarily craft. I made a hundred bucks but I had a ball.
For the record, that really isn't the long range plan. My work is not craft, but actually fine art ceramic sculpture and painting. I've ventured to the craft side on occasion, greeting cards, tiny individually sculpted ceramic animals, hand rolled fimo bead bracelets. It's gives me a chance to cool down after working for a month on a large crazy sculpture. And I love the selling, having grown up in the retail business.
Anyway, i thought this local craft show would be a good way to start. It was just cute for the first day back in business. It was a well attended show. One day. The people that bought from me were hard pressed to part with the $10 to purchase my tiniest of offerings. So i really appreciated them.
So, my June shows, one art & craft and one strictly fine art are both outdoors and I have borrowed an EZup from a friend. But he only has a tent. I have no walls, no weights, and I don't know where to begin. I've looked on professional sites and on Ebay and have read a lot from this site as well. No way I can invest in propanels or other heavy equipment but I do want to look professional and not fly by night.
Here's my question (which i could have started with but that's no fun...) What is the difference between different types of side walls? Are there standards? For starters, regardless of how I design the inside of my booth, I need to close up shop at the end of the night, right? What's the least I would need to get started? Do I need three separate walls and one zippered wall? And would it be enough to just buy the canvas zippered walls on Ebay from a personal seller for a hundred bucks or so, without going into hock?
I know I will need weights too, but I'll wait on that question...
I've posted one photo of my practice display - in my dining room, and one 2 second video of the actual indoor show, just for reference.
Thanks all. Can't wait to hear whatever suggestions are out there.