Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I'll be doing my first show in August and the initial cost of creating inventory is hitting me hard. I'm considering just hanging matted prints instead of framed ones to save money. I have some grid walls to hang from and I'm not sure what the best way to hang my prints would be. There are a couple different kinds of hooks available, but both seem like they'd damage the mattes after hanging for a week. I've considered using velcro, but that would require adding velcro tabs to the back of the mattes.
I’ve been a professional landscape photographer for the past 20 or so years and my suggestion is to never hang unfinished prints, they belong in a bin. And never put finished, framed photographs in a bin.....this seems to be a no, no in the photography world. Just complete a few photos that are show stoppers to grab the attention of people passing by your booth. If money is tight, set your sights on doing 5 and hang them like in a gallery setting. Clear bag the rest of your unfinished prints. Hanging unfinished photos looks low budget and cheap. This would just be my suggestion, hope it helps you out.
You’ve got a great start..... I think the 24 x 36s will be an excellent choice....it will be the show stopper for those passing by.....it will lure them in. Good luck and I hope you have a fantastic show.
I'm one of the few photographers that framed matted prints using clear bags from http://clearbags.com instead of glass but they still needed to be in frames. If you try and hang just matted prints the show won't be happy with your display and neither will your potential customers. Trying to save money on your display will effect your bottom line. Not a way to save money. Buy inexpensive aluminum frames that screw together. Get them all the same color (black or white) so your display looks uniform. Check out Frame Destination (an advertiser on this forum.)
I already ordered my mattes and bags, but I will make a note of those other sites for future reference.
So, if someone wants to purchase one of your framed photos do you switch out the plastic bag for glass, or do you just not sell the ones on display? I assume you do that to mitigate clumsy/careless customers, which I have never considered.
I don't give them that option. My price signs says unframed only. if I wanted to sell framed, I'd sell off the wall. But if you want to save money, just buy enough frames for a complete display and only sell unframed.