Just sharing a few quick snaps from my lovely time at Ugli, showing off my shiny things to passing denizens.
Take-aways: The stand took about 1h15 to set up, including assembly, layout, and applying the jewellery. A few errors were easily fixed with miniscule clothespegs (which were a very well-spent £1 from Asda) and double-sided sticky tape. The promotional booklet I displayed worked nicely as captions for the ‘exhibits’ as well, although I’d like to have grouped the work more by theme, rather than by function (eg. earrings). The necklace-stand worked beautifully, but again, hard to theme/group items when they’re on separate pieces of infrastructure.
The stand itself was very easy to transport, once we figured out how to fold, protect and add handles to it. I’d happily replicate it in hardboard or similar, in the same size or slightly smaller. I liked the angled front, but I think I could do a lot more with that area. It might also be possible to add more panels to make a double or even triple stand, which would be nice. Hinging the support flaps rather than attaching them with split-pins and washers would make the whole thing easier to assemble. The cardboard construction suited the style of the venue well.
The sketches pinned below the display looked good, but it might be nice to show the process from ideas to finished product. Also a non-digital portfolio (postcard sized?) book of past commissions might be nice to engage people in conversation around the commissioning process, and to convey that I can do larger and more complex work than what’s on show.
Manning a stand is exhausting. Sadly I was a bit under the weather so it was hard to sparkle, but the way that you have to be on alert and judge how and when to interact with browsers is pretty much the most draining thing possible to my personality. Fun, but draining, and I’ll be better prepared another time.
Things to add: A banner with my details, and a big notice highlighting that I work in sterling silver. Putting the booklets in a ‘please take one!’ box might also help.
All in all, a great day and a great experience.