Yesterday was set up day for the other local show we do - Studio Fair.
I have been doing this show, first as a volunteer, then as an independent crafts person for a very long time. I've watched it grow into the higher end show it now is, attracting artisans from across the country. I've been here almost every year it has been in business, watched others - and myself - evolve through the decades.
We have refined my booth structure and display as what I make has changed. Most of it fits on a cart other than a few 'odd' items - like the tall stool and some metal display stands. Usually while Doug loads the cart I start hand carrying the odd ball items to the booth.
And then we start setting up the booth apparatus, including the lights.
Studio Fair is a 'low light' show but even before it was I always had my own lights. Because the quality of light in such large halls is pretty terrible, which would shift my colours into something...not very attractive. I needed my own lighting to wash out the overhead lights so that people could see how my textiles actually looked instead of how they looked under the hall lights.
So this photo shows Doug just after he has arrived with the loaded cart. A couple of boxes are already on the floor - the cart is usually piled high with display stuff as well as the many boxes of product.
It all fits into the back of our 'mini' van with the seats out in the back.
Now it's down to whether or not enough people are interested in my designs, willing to pay my prices.
Sunday we tear down and pack everything up into the back of the van. Monday morning, as soon as we can possibly hit the road, we head for Vancouver to do the Circle Craft Christmas Market.
Where we will do this all over again...