by Nina Gibson.
(Anaheim, California USA)
I use a combination of handmade and commercial displays. When I first starting doing shows, I wasted time and money with flimsy displays that blew over at every gust of wind.
I needed something portable and I decided on a color theme of natural and black linen and stained wood, and began collecting and making pieces to make up an eclectic and welcoming booth. It is an ever changing display that never goes together the same way twice!
I like to use lots of levels using wine boxes, trays (not commercial jewelry tray systems – never!), and stained plywood pieces as platforms. It creates different areas where I can group jewelry that can go together as mini-collections.
I made the linen covered busts following this tutorial: DIY Project Jewelry Bust, modifying it with my own hand drawn silhouette.
Instead of painted plywood, I used thin plywood, covered in cork and linen (The cork allows me to pin earring cards to the head). I made them in two sizes so that I can modify my booth for a full 10’x10′ or a small 6′ table, depending on the show.
The wood base is stained to go with the rest of my wood displays, and instead of using an L bracket, I used a large hinge so that she can fold up and pack away easily. The hinge is visible from the front, so I hide it using an old spool – which can be draped with jewelry.
The best purchases I’ve made have been my tall director’s chairs, which allow me and a helper to sit comfortably while being able to see and talk to customers from behind my tall displays (worth every penny).