Saturday, August 23, 2008

Finessing Those Details

It's official: I have a space at the Alternative Church Market in November. After meeting with the organizer of the charity event, I learned I'll be given a 30" x 70" table and "some floor space". No formal booth space is planned for any of the artists participating. It's going to be first come, first served. They take into account how much space we think we need, and how much is currently available, and then I guess we'll have to make it work. I'm planning a flexible display so I won't have a freak-out moment when I get there and find that whatever I had my heart set on won't fit my final allotment. Been there, done that!

I painted the hideous mirror frame that Marble Man found at the yard sale last weekend and it looks FAB-U-lous (as I knew it would)! The foamcore insert is almost done: cut to shape, covered with a piece of flannel, and then black velvet. I'm attaching some pretty teal ribbon at regular interval which the earring cards will hang from. That should look neater than pinning the cards to the velvet.

ribbon pinned in place (to be sewn down)


This morning I spent redesigning my earring cards, which were VEEeeerrrrry boring. I thought, "How fun would it be for a drawing of a woman's face to 'wear' the earrings?" I dug out my sketch pad and found a drawing which would work, made up a neat WORD document, and printed them out.

pencil drawings done last year

translated to a new application

I decided to use three different pictures so that it wouldn't look overwhelming to have 50-100 of the same image repeating across a wall. It'd be like looking through a fly's eyes!

I think they are really gorgeous , and can't believe it took me so long to design something like them before now. Let me know what you think: be honest now! Imagine walking into a space and being faced with a wall of these faces looking out at you. Do you think it will be too much? I'm hoping not - since I've already converted my inventory over to them! But, if the consensus is that it will be overkill, I can change them back.


3rdEyeMuse said...

such clever ideas! love the ribbon to hang the earrings from and the woman "wearing" them on the card. :) can't wait to hear how the market fairs.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! A card, a backing,, and a piece of art along with your jewelry! I'd definitely remember those cards with the earrings if I was passing by. When I go to shows or art fairs etc., I like to go through the whole place first then go back to the booths where I want to buy something. And the frame as a nice tough to a basic backing. Cant wait to see how you display them :)

T.Allen-Mercado said...

I think it looks great! I like your pencil drawings, the women all have great necks. (I'm a big fan of a long graceful neck)Good luck with your event!

Laura said...

hey Kate-

I saw these gorgeous jewelry displays and thought you might want to take a look. And drool.

I'm sure they're a fortune, but they're so art deco and pretty:

KathrynAntyr said...

These are so lovely! I can't wait to see the photos of your display. Brilliant, really, really brilliant. You will catch people's attention and they will go ooooh, it is a guarantee. Best of luck! k

shiborigirl said...

Well, it sounds like everybody likes the new cards - guess I'll be using them!

thanks for your input.