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I am a photographer, have a 10X10 tent and display walls to go with it. I am not thrilled with my set-up, how I display etc.. Ideas? Especially from photographeers but all ideas welcome.

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Comment by cate woolner on March 17, 2010 at 10:49am
Connie asked that we move this discussion from the blog to discussions. Thanks to all.
Comment by Jim Parker on March 16, 2010 at 11:09pm
A couple of things:

Even though the u-shape may seem more inviting, the dark purple table seems to overpower the art on the walls. Giving your customers as much room to wander in will help -- you've paid for that 10x10 floor space. Use it all!

Aligning larger pieces on the top edge, and filling the space more may also help. You seem to have lots of empty space below waist level. Even though many people may not give as much consideration to art below eye level, from a distance it gives the appearance of too little work.


Comment by cate woolner on March 14, 2010 at 3:03pm
I started with a right angled set up and the U shape felt more inviting. Once the snow and mud is off the ground here in Massachusetts, I can set up the tent in my yard and do just as you suggested. Thanks
Comment by Raya on March 13, 2010 at 9:43am
I’ve been looking at the indoor-outdoor rug I have on my studio floor thinking how lightweight it is an how Velcro sticks on it and how could I use it in developing my booth walls…
As for your booth space, I tend to like white walls but my art is big and full of color, your framed art may POP more if hanging on a different color? Grey? I’d keep the floor space as open as possible and hang your largest piece on the back wall. Does the U-shape work well for you or have you tried a more right angled set-up.
Can you set up in your home somewhere and just play with what you have…that’s how I’ve resolved dilemmas in the past with set-ups.
Comment by Bill Sargent on March 12, 2010 at 10:28pm
You'll find yourself staring at your setup during the show and wondering what the hell is wrong with it. Your brain will go into sponge mode when you walk the show looking at other peoples' booths. Somehow you absorb what you need and wind up with a layout that is your own. It takes time.
Comment by cate woolner on March 12, 2010 at 8:41pm
thanks for your thoughts. What would you do with the rest of the space?
the bins are very stable. I am sure you could figure out how to hang them. I just use hooks for mine, through the fabric.
Comment by Raya on March 12, 2010 at 1:13pm
Looking at your booth photo, I’d suggest using a narrower table if you can (just deep enough to hold your 2 bins...make one if you have to) and put it against a side wall, Hang art above that maybe relates to your small matted work in the bins, and use a matching skirt ( or at least a color as close as possible). This would open up the feel of your booth. I’ve found heavy polyester double knit doesn’t wrinkle and hangs very nicely (may not be fireproof) - I cut it to fit my table (like hemming a dress). I shop the super discounted areas of a fabric store.
Comment by Raya on March 12, 2010 at 1:00pm
How do you like the bin (sorry I didn’t see it in the photo)? Does it hold a good number of pieces? Is it reasonably strong? Do you think it could be adaptable to other sorts of walls with some sort of other connectors/hangers?

I’ve been tossing ideas around about storage/table. Thinking that incorporating my very small works on paper with a custom built storage area….have seen photos of other artists who made pedestals where the top comes off and there’s the bin and they carry their prints in it, and have some storage underneath. Put it on wheels maybe? Need a table saw to build it! Having several would be very nice. Could place a board between 2 and have a table (add a skirt for more storage)…narrower than a folding table most likely…
Comment by cate woolner on March 12, 2010 at 7:35am
Re the bins...there's one on the left in the photo. It does give a nice look and doesn't take up floor space. I am with you on the lightweight, simple, classy, easy to set up and take down. Sure doesn't feel like it now.
Comment by Raya on March 11, 2010 at 11:51pm
I’m looking at a similar dilemma. I just got my 10x10 pop-up and am now researching walls. The grids you have are light weight and less costly than the Pro panels but I don‘t like the way their “feet“ are designed (take up to much footage). I’m a painter so I need walls and bins just like you. I want something classy, simple, lightweight and easy to set-up and take down.
This morning I e-mailed a company in Washington state that developed lightweight building panels. Their website had an example of an exhibition booth (not what we’d need) but I asked about 9 - ¾“- 38.5” x 6 or 7’ panels, with the edges finished so that I could add hinges and if they offer a choice of wood finishes and what the weight would be. If they can do those and the weight is good the next thing will be the price (and shipping). I foolishly didn’t bookmark their site so will have to go search again.
IF YOU’RE KEEPING YOUR GRID do you know that the company that makes it also offers bins that hang off of the grid? I thought that a great idea…keep the booth less cluttered looking.

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