This is a repeat, as I opriginally posted it in a blog and Larry Berman suggested I post it here. :-)
I found AFI through Google and have been scouring it end to end. I have gleaned so much really useful information, for which I am deeply grateful to you all.
I am a Jeweler and have been doing shows since 2009, all Juried - mostly local (Tacoma, WA area) art fairs like Art on the Ave, Proctor Arts Fest, the Taste of Tacoma's Art a la Carte, etc. I feel like it's time to try for some better shows, which means - I've learned - professional jury photos and a really good booth shot. My booth sucks - good custom-made table covers, but a hodgepodge of cobbled together display pieces, and far too many of them. Horrible, just horrible. I've designed a new booth, done a Photoshop Mockup and done my best with some new photos, using tips I picked up here. Until now, everything has been on a white background, which is good for Etsy. I had neither time nor funds to get photos taken for me before the first few deadlines.
Ever the optimist, I made an album showing the photos I did and submitted to the Bellevue Art Museum ArtsFest. I know it's a huge longshot, the photos probably aren't good enough - heck, the work may not be either - but if it puts me on the mailing list for future shows so I can keep trying, it'll be $40 well spent.
The new booth is in the works - the display pieces on the left are designed, we just need to buy the materials and build them. Where's an affordable place to buy fabric drapes for the walls?
Do these pieces count as a 'cohesive body of work'? They are two different 'lines', but there are similarities and all are meant to represent emotions that are part of the human experience.
Let me have it, please - the good, the bad and the ugly. I want to learn.
Oh, and yes I do know that the booth shot is phony and terrible... but honestly, all the real ones are even worse. Gah. I am hoping for input regarding the design more than anything.