There’s a lot to do to prepare for an art festival as it turns out – the literal pop-up shop (or gallery as I like to think of it as).
I started my research for this event with the tent and resulted in this: here’s the new canopy set up in the backyard. Sadly we lost our other canopy in the wind storm because I set it up to see how the colour of the canopy might effect the lighting in my work. Who knew that the wind would mangle the thing and deposit it in our neighbour’s back yard. Or knock the dead tree (from the famous ice storm (see the stump/spike there?)
Lovely, isn’t it? But what am I going to hang the images on?
So money is a thing, and we can do this the expensive way or the resourceful way. I looked into every possible idea, or so it seemed. Pro panels ($$) grids, mesh, snow fencing, hardware cloth, easels, wood doors, screen doors, you name it, I went down the rabbit hole.
There’s a sign company in our area that ships in these huge signs in large crates and then they offer the broken down crates for free firewood.
Free is a powerful word.
So we loaded up the car, hammered down the staples, cut them up and assembled frames from them. Bring on the power tools! Mitre saw, you are alarming noisy and dangerous but I love you.
Nailing them was a challenge. But eventually we used a table to clamp the pieces to. My partners idea. I secretly had my doubts at the time.
Our work in progress / in other words – what didn’t we think about that is going to mess us up. Let’s test it before we go any further.
Checked the height, sussed the assembly and how the cloth would work. We used a old drop cloth for our fabric rehearsal (I bought nice new canvas ones for the show) and we will have chicken wire behind to attach hang the images on. Still working on the chicken wire.
The thing that I think is the coolest and I wish I had thought of it because it is just so satisfying, are tracks for the panels to slide into that my partner built (easy in, easy out). Keeps everything flush, provides stability as we will peg them into the ground.
A sneak peak of one of the metal prints still in its cellophane.
The metal prints look great! Got the other prints today and canvases should be here by Friday. Then matting and then there is all the small niggly stuff. So. Much. Stuff.
If you are in the area stop on by. There are over 90 other exhibitors and different activities happening!