The topic for this week's Studio Shots - Tuesday is As Is or No Tidying Allowed. I am getting ready for a teddy bear show in July. I decided to do a mock-up of the table display, so I will have an idea of what it will look like at the show.
Here is one of my work tables set up with the great hatboxes I found at Home Goods. As I finish pieces, I add them to the display so I can get a preview of the finished table display. I have found this so useful, although it does take up a lot of work space. It lets me know how full the table looks and gives me an idea of how many finished pieces should be on the final display. I have grayed the photo out some so you can focus on the design and placement of the table display rather than the individual pieces (some are still in progress - can you tell which is still missing its arms?) I see a lot of pink-peach-orange- red on the left side and beige on the right. I'll have to play with moving around the pieces to get a better balance of colors. Messy cutting table is in background. I will also add a sign with my business name, business cards, a few magazines with articles that include my work, and a book for guests to sign.
I do a lot of my hand work, including hand sewing, shading, stuffing, and jointing using a tv tray table next to the couch to hold supplies. I find I enjoy working while being curled up on the couch. This does mean I am always finding pins, teddy bear joint disks, glass eyes, and other small supplies between the couch cushions. Here are some tools and materials currently on the little tv tray table.
Here are jointing disks in a few sizes, washers, and cotter pins - all jointing supplies, a bag of vintage buttons for possible use on accessories, thread, faux sinew (tall gold spool) for attaching glass eyes, some shading tools, a bag of cut teddy pieces, a lone glass eye, and some vintage lace trim.
Here is a closer look at the vintage lace trim with pink elephant tail poking out from behind.
Spools of thread found in various places in the studios - gathered in one place until I have a chance to put them back in their tub containers which are organized by color and type and are on my sewing table. In the background are vintage millinery flowers, silk ribbon, new Shiva Paint Sticks for shading, and my Holga camera.