"Patience is the ability to count down before you blast off." - Author Unknown
I'm slowly making progress. It's taken 4 shows to finally get a handle on how to develop a collection of ideas that fully show off my range of skills and ideas. This is my table display at the CHA Summer 2012 Designer Showcase. I decided to go for a theme, specifically DIY wedding.
I had so much fun making everything, especially all the work with paper as my diecutter is a rather recent acquisition (ie - toy). I used it to cut out hundreds of paper flowers that I then snipped, bent and twirled into scores of flowers for the initials in the background. I considered different letters "I do," "We do" "Love" etc, but I settled on my own initials to advertise my business, LBO Studio, while also giving the impression that they are the monogram of a newly married couple.
There is a beaded bridal headpiece with matching groom's boutonnière and bridesmaid barrette. The French beaded daisy bridal bouquet is gorgeous and a great momento of the big day. The flowers are among the easiest to make, so a great project for those just learning the art.
I carried the beaded flowers onto embellished boxes for the safe keeping of wedding notes and cards. As I grew up with cornucopias as table top favors filled with candies and nuts, it was a nostalgic trip for me to make my own versions for the display.
I start several months in advance of the show researching trends and thinking about what resonates with me and my design sensibilities. The hardest part is settling on one concept and then carrying it through different mediums. I want to do everything, but have learned that without a bit of editing, I tend to confuse folks. Feedback has been that editors aren't sure how to market me and my work. Thankfully, that's no longer a problem. I am finding my niche. To anyone wanting to enter this business, I have to say - be true to yourself, be patient, and keep making!