15 August 2006

sawhorse love


Doing my first craft show in New York without any of the props I have at home in San Francisco was a fun challenge. I was forced to rely on the generosity of friends to lend me the various parts of my booth set up. Bill lent me his sawhorses, removing them from under a painting he was working on. Meg from Classic Country lent me an old door for the table surface, plate stands and the coke rack which doubled as a cup rack, John lent me the cool old wooden boxes that I used as pedestals and I foraged another door for the table top from M.C. and Bill’s barn. I was quite pleased with the way the booth turned out though when initially setting up for the fair I was feeling a little intimidated by all the poles, tents and shelves people were putting up. I thought for sure they’d snicker and scowl at me for my crude display. No one snickered or scowled, at least not in front of me, and the show went off without a hitch. I made many new friends and had such a great time. I am always relearning the lesson that one does not need to be fancy or have all the bells and whistles to pull off something fabulous. Heart and soul, creativity, open mind and open eyes to see what is there in front of you and the willingness to give it go. Oh and the kindness and generosity of others, I couldn’t have done it without that. Thank you!

11 comments:

susan said...

i love the rustic, simple appeal of your booth set up and leaving the eye to the amazing ceramics you have on the doors.
sawhorse shapes appeal to me so much that i have incorporated them into my home workspace to hold the glass top of my new "desk".

Anonymous said...

Hi Diana,
I enjoyed meeting you on Sunday. It was well worth the drive from Waban! Your work is magnificent in person and your set up was a perfect foil for your pieces. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me and I look forward to future blog entries.
Christine

amy h said...

I certainly would have stopped at your display! Even the sawhorses have a lovely color.

Natasha Wozniak said...

Actually I was thinking you were very clever to bring such an informal setup. I was thinking "why do I haul all of this stuff around when she is able to set up her booth with some sawhorses and doors and make it work?"

Natasha Wozniak said...

Actaully, I thought that you were very clever when I saw the simple display. I was wondering if lugging around my full setup was really worth it!

Friederike! said...

I love your presentation! It has a french touch. Would love to visit the show!

Funky Finds said...

It looks terrific! I just discovered your blog & I think your work is fabulous!

Catherine Witherell said...

Well, while you are on the other side of the country, I got three beautiful pieces at "The Gardener" Diana. Two of the white plates and a small bowl with pretty coral red color inside. Thanks for getting it here! I really loved the big platter-like bowl with the pale blue half with poppies on it, but I am going to have to save up for something like that. Very nice pieces.

shash said...

looks terrific!
i think i'd be much more drawn to this kind of display than a metal or plastic one. this is so much warmer and feels more like an artist's display!

kara said...

i love everything you make.~sigh~
any chance you will be showing in portland or chicago in the near furture?

Listoria said...

your booth looked very artistic and funky! i hope the show was a success!

tiff*