So, yesterday, I set up my newly re-painted booth at the maker’s faire (see previous post: LINK)
And, discovered that there are STILL a bunch of issues with my booth….
Can you spot the problem with the bracelet tower?
Well, actually there are a couple of problems: It blocks the ‘handwoven’ sign on the back of the screen
and… fiddlesticks…. people are discouraged from trying on the bracelets because they are hard to get off the tower.
So…. that’s not good…. have to figure out a new way of displaying the bracelets ( yet again… sigh)
And…. there’s a problem with the finger puppets:
You can’t see them because they are too schmooshed together….
So…. time to invent something new for them: Yup. I have designed a couple of finger puppet stages that will showcase them so much better. (I hope)
Did you see the notebook in the upper right hand corner of the pic?
There are pages of ‘re-do’s’ to tick off. Oh my…..
And, there are problems with the trellis:
The fairy dolls that are pinned up on the farthest right hand screen don’t allow for people to engage with them….
So…. they need to be in an inviting ‘pick me up and love me’ basket…..
And, oops, there is a problem with the folding shelf that I have dolls and toys on…..
Previously, I had vintage wicker picnic baskets filling the lower half- but people wanted to buy them LOL and they were too fragile to stand up to the rigors of the smashing about of endless loading, unloading and squooging around in the back of the van.
So, I had just stitched weaving to the upper half of the shelf. Oh my…. how odd to have the lower half see through!
I love my estate sale vintage suitcase, so I am quite happy with it. Hope it doesn’t get mangled the way the picnic baskets did!
AND NOW>>>>>> here’s the real kicker, which I let out of the bag in the title to this post…..
I asked my daughter, Chloe, and the 2 women who are the producers of the maker’s faire to give me feedback and critique the booth.
They were great- I asked for total honesty and they gave it to me in the friendliest, most helpful way possible.
The most important thing that they said was: “Noreen…. it’s too blue! You LOVE this colorway, but you also design and make most of your pieces using it, so everything is all blending in together…. you need to go neutral with the backdrops and support pieces to let your work pop”.
Bingo! I totally see what they mean….. and so….. I have pulled a neutral, but warm, colorway, and will be warping up, and weaving, weaving, weaving……
and, this week, I’ll be dropping by the eco station in hopes of finding some nice cream colored paint….
So, if you don’t hear from me for awhile, it’s because I am up to my eyebrows in weaving, weaving, weaving and painting, painting, painting!
Wish me luck!