rather then hanging a sign on the tent, treat the tent as a
canvas. <SNIP> Use all sides of the tent...
Hi Teresa, I love the creativity and originality of the idea. In a
practical sense though, I’m not sure about it. When doing outdoor
shows, I end up reconfiguring my wall panels many times, even in one
day, to adapt to varying weather and traffic conditions, and my
neighboring artists. My back wall remains most consistent, but I’ll
sometimes even drop the top half down, as a flap, to help circulation
on hot days.
My side walls are always in a state of flux. If there’s a "big art"
in the next booth, the neighbor’s patrons will often step back to
look at the larger pieces, right into my booth, even to the point of
preventing my patrons from accessing my display cases. I don’t
generally mind someone standing in my booth admiring my neighbor’s
work, except when it prevents other people seeing mine. In this case,
and with encroaching or the rare “incompatible” neighbor, I’ll put up
the whole side.
Most often, and most ideally, I have the side walls configured as
half walls, from the rear of the tent halfway to the front. I’ll
sometimes pull up the lower, leading corner 90 degrees to the back
leg and clamp it there to improve comfort on hot days. If I’m lucky
enough to be on a corner, or the end of the row, I might do away with
the side panel altogether.
If you were to use come sort of pattern or scene I guess it would be
possible to reconfigure walls in a way that would still continue to
show the creativity. I’m not as confident it would work with text or
words, unless you’re committed to a fixed configuration for each
I have to wonder how show promoters would feel about painted tent
sides. Some promoters are much more stringent about appearances than
others. Some of the shows I’ve done have specified canopies must be
white (what about walls?), and another is known to reject applicants
based on their display slide/photo not being “up to standards.”
I don’t mean to “beat up” your idea… I really do like it. Maybe
with some thought I can come up with a twist to make it work for me.
All the best,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)