OK--I admit that I do love displaying my work against my black backdrop. The colors pop. The black hides the flaws in the booth. I have all the parts. And--perhaps most importantly--I am used to it.
However, when a crafts woman whose marketing advice I really respect took the time to suggest that I really should have lighter colored walls, I listened. After all most people don't have black walls in their homes. Good point. Indeed last year on my drive TO the Evanston Craft Show I included changing the color of my backdrop as part of my plans for the future. Alas on the drive BACK from Evanston I had other things on my mind. How quickly priorities can change.
Still when at a recent fair a couple considered purchasing rainbows of summer but could not imagine what it would look like in their home I thought about it again.
And after I moved to 6 Bridge Street I realized that my quilts look great on the off-white walls of my new studio, don't it?
So I decided to go for it. After thinking about it, I ordered new curtains in an off white. Will this be too light? It sure will be different won't it?
I knew I didn't want to hang the curtains with the same draped effect as before. After all I want them to look like walls, not curtains. I did a bit of research and found a method using Velcro.
I have sewed Velcro sleeves to slip over the poles on the top. That should work.
I took out one of the curtains and tried to figure out their system. Hmmm. Not sure how it all works. What about the sides? The corners? I look at my booth at the Berkshire Craft Show and try to imagine how the system will work. OK--I can fake it here. Put Velcro sleeves on the bottom. Take lots of pins. Self-adhesive Velcro.
I still am taking the black rug. One thing at a time. And I still have black covers for the display units. So much to do. So little time.
How lazy I feel for not wanting to set up the booth as a test before the Evanston Show this year. But the booth has stayed in my van. What have I forgotten? How will it all look? Will I regret this decision? What do you think? Wish me luck. And if you are in the Chicago area, do check out the show. http://www.americancraftexpo.org