I have been brainstorming for weeks now about how I'm going to stage my wall art, jewelry, and pottery at outdoor art festivals. I researched professional display systems, strolled through local festivals, and browsed online, to gather as many ideas as possible to create an interesting and functional display solution for my work. The project goals I needed to keep in mind were for it to be easily transportable, quickly assembled and collapsible, immune to windy weather, lightweight (one person set-up if needed), clean design, and cost effective.
One particular day, I stopped by one of my favorite places, ReStore - Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity. ReStore is like a thrift shop for building materials, furniture, etc. generously donated by businesses, contractors, or individuals. I highly recommend checking it out because you never know what you're going to find. The best part about purchasing from ReStore is that the proceeds help fund their humanitarian mission, and reduces building material ending up in a landfill!
That day, I hit the jack pot for my project. I salvaged 90% of my project's building material, paint, and hardware on a whim... I was so excited to get started transforming my idea into a tangible final product. As you can see flipping through the photos below, this is where all the designing took place from what I had on hand. I ran into a few construction obstacles like the hinges. I really wanted to use the tarnished brass hinges that came attached to the white cabinet doors, but those hinges couldn't bear the weight of the middle panel. I scrapped that idea in exchange for some heavy-duty brass hinges (the 10% non-salvaged hardware), which was a great decision. By simply removing all the hinge pins, I can quickly collapse the panels at ease. The main structure is now complete! Now plans are brewing to find a solution to hang my wall art, along with additional cosmetic applications.
After numerous trips to ReStore (I make tasks harder than they need to be), 40 hours investment, and a sore body, I am so happy with this display system! I can't wait to use this gem under my tent at my first outdoor art festival on September 17th & 18th--the Urban Arts Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah! Stay tuned!