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Poor Life Choices

But Ursula, you say (O sensible and mostly fictional person who asks me these questions) why would you wait until two weeks before Anthrocon to decide to completely overhaul your table display?

The answer is simple.

Pinterest.

Many, many brave souls have foundered on those shoals. If we are extending the metaphor past all good taste, I am at the point where I am standing atop those poor souls and perhaps eating bits of the less runny ones, before I, too, fall and join them.

True, I had to choose between adorable country handicraft and vintage steamer chest and self-consciously steampunk and no, I didn't happen to have a 16th century Chinese medicine chest lying around that conveniently functions as a card display. And I flatly refuse to engage in any display building that would require "antiquing," either in the "go looking for antiques" sense or the "put a distressed paint finish on a thing" sense.

Also, it is much too late to get merch made. And I don't want to get into the merch business anyway. I have postcards, prints, mini-prints, jumbo prints, pins and books. Perhaps I will even make teeny weeny originals with concerned chickens and sell them cheaply. I am a concerned chicken machine.

I have chalkboard paint, the complete discography of Tom Waits, a flat surface and an afternoon. Let's do this thing.

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> Also, it is much too late to get merch made. And I don't want to get into the merch business anyway.

I feel that way myself a lot. There are a lot of options out there to print my art on stuff but I just don't want to wrangle all of that stuff. Much less figure out how to display them in my gloriously minimal setup.

Personally, I'm also a fan of trying to make my display feel like a quiet space in the middle of all the other people jockeying for your attention with ever-higher displays. It suits my minimalist work. Do whatever works for you, though! (please don't be one of those people who builds high walls of your art on the sides of your table so as to capture EVERY SINGLE POSSIBLE SIGHTLINE at the expense of your neighbor, though. I hate when people do that.)

Pinterest of Fear and Dismay

Pinterest should be feared. One image can completely throw a wedding design into utter chaos.

Concerned Chicken Machine is a great band name.*

* Kids these days say "is my ___ cover band" but I don't know bands.

"Also, it is much too late to get merch made. And I don't want to get into the merch business anyway. I have postcards, prints, mini-prints, jumbo prints, pins and books."

But, isn't all of THAT merch? At least it's the kind of merch *I* like to pick up when I visit your table!

Messenger bags! Mugs! T-shirts!

How about a Concerned Chicken Tarot?

...calm down! I mean, *after Anthrocon*! (runs, grinning madly and ducking whatever-it-is you're throwing at me)

I viciously endorse this concept


Oh dear Murphy YES! Yes yes yes, I did not know I needed this until you said it.

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"Many, many brave souls have foundered on those shoals. If we are extending the metaphor past all good taste, I am at the point where I am standing atop those poor souls and perhaps eating bits of the less runny ones, before I, too, fall and join them."

I now see you, staring raptly at a cliff of brilliant table designs with a clump of jelly soul in one hand while waves wash the runnier bits out to sea.

Go for it!

Mmmm.
Nummy, nummy jelly souls.

I feel the new display pain. I cheated and hired a cabinet maker. He is currently making me the most amazingly wonderful jewelry display ever! (I assume. I asked to be surprised.)
I just... there are so many ways to display things! And I make so many things that have to be displayed!

Good luck in your endeavors!
Also, I am very sad I can't make it up to AnthroCon.


I go to a lot of festivals/cons art shows. I like to see new art, but sometimes I spend more time scoping out the displays. I get ideas and inspiration and find new ways to display and transport things.

If I'm doing an indoors show, everything I need fits in 4 totes in my folding wagon. Outdoor shows call for my own tables/chairs/tents… but everything else moves in one trip. (I'm also not flying, but…)

I am apparently soooo 2006 here....

Curious why Pinterest would inspire you (or any other artist) to re-scale your table plans at a con?

Note I've skipped the last two FCs due to vastness that reminded me of the endless halls of Dragoncon merch, only with far fewer star troopers and Klingons and a lot more plush, so I am apparently missing a Trend here...

Mako

There are boards upon boards of cool ideas for displaying work for sale. And with the new suggestion algorithm, I am seeing them more often even though I haven't been looking for them, and if you pin one they show you more and then a half hour later I have remind myself that I don't even MAKE earrings so that awesome "DIY earring display from common hardware store objects" isn't something I should try and recreate.

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Ah HA!

Okay I got it :) Thanks so much for the explanation. I've never even logged in to Pinterest, so this s most helpful.

Mako

Pinterest is both dangerous (as shown above) and marvelous -- it is the only social(ish) media I know I can go to and not see any bad news, and sometimes an online retreat into food and gardening and such is exactly what is called for.

PLEASE make the concerned chicken originals. I want them all over my kitchen.

(I missed Anthrocon last year, and I am SO set on getting another original from you this year...)

Pfft. I still have 2 whole display banners to make. Doing this crap 2 weeks before a con is called planning well in advance.

Given that one of the rules of larp is "Real kit is what you're still frantically hemming ten minutes after time-in", two weeks seems remarkably well-organised to me :)

Good luck, may the chickens be with you.

Pintrest viewings should be forbidden within 3 weeks of any major project deadline. Yes, even the "Just look for one thing" searches.

On the other hand, it's been astoundingly helpful for the rock wall that we're going to build in our garden, so I can't call it evil. Just overly optimistic.

And this is why I avoid Pinterest like the plague. I've had far too many friends fall onto the shoals and become consumed by Idea Generation. Good luck and may the concerned chicken be with you.

Many, many brave souls have foundered on those shoals. If we are extending the metaphor past all good taste, I am at the point where I am standing atop those poor souls and perhaps eating bits of the less runny ones, before I, too, fall and join them.

Now I want to see what your version of "The Raft of the Medusa" would be like.

*looked up painting in question*

It would be disturbingly cute. Or fiendishly Gothic. Or both.

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