Had our timeline gone differently, this would have been a post from mid-2020, but alas, things are the way they are, and I am finally getting around to some things (finally) in the second half of 2021. One of these things is new custom display stands for my new fine art prints from The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia. Without beating a dead horse, for the few years leading up to 2020, I was slowly phasing out client work, and related items from my convention set up. Taking their place was works from the Grand Bazaar. At Gen Con 2019 and Pensacon 2020, I blew out nearly all of my remaining client-related stock, and at IX 2019, I debuted a prototype setup of my convention of the future, the convention of the Grand Bazaar. After an extended pause from in-person events, I am finally on the cusp of attending my first convention, IX 2021, in October. This means I am getting everything squared away and prepped for the full debut of The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia at an event.
One of the more involved builds is the custom display stands for my new fine art prints. While I could have built a single shelf and used plastic or metal off the rack display stands or standees, I wanted something more modular, sturdy, and designed to be precisely what I needed. This has required me to work outside of my comfort zone to accomplish all of this and has taken much more time than planned. This last piece being why I have started working on them months before they are needed. I have been sketching designs for them off and on for a while now as I think about and process what I need from them and how best to accomplish this. Having worked out the design, it was now time to create a proof of concept mockup to make sure I was not crazy and that there were no aspects of my design that could use improving.
This is where it all stands as of this minute. I will be moving forward on the actual building of the display stands over the weekend. I am actually building more stands than I currently need because I know in the future I will need more. Since they are modular, I will also be able to get a lot more use and more flexibility with them at conventions with different setup conditions. More on all of this soon, but first, I have a bit of work to do.
That's all for another exciting Wednesday on the blog. See you back here on Friday! Until then...