Well, Kris McDermet and Dianne Tobias and I got to Sauder Village on Sunday to set up the rug exhibit. Actually, Dianne is here for manning the vendor booth for braiding stuff + her own business, which is “The Velvet Hook” (TheVelvetHook.com). But Kris and I are here to teach classes and most importantly, to set up the Contemporary Braided Art Rug Exhibit.
We are finishing the exhibit set-up later today and it will be on display through Saturday late afternoon. Over 5,000 people are expected to stroll through the exhibit, which also includes exquisite hooked rugs from “Celebrations,” and several other exhibits besides ours. But ours is the “special exhibit” this year and the braided rugs have a place of prominence within the exhibit hall!
We have a bit less space available to us for display, in part because a few of us went way over the size restrictions for the rugs, so we have a slanted board taking up some display area (darn it!) We’ll still have everything up, but it will be a little more cramped than we hoped. However, all of the braided art rugs will still be up, plus the chair pads. I think we may have to sacrifice a few of the antique rugs, though.
It turns out that hanging rugs for an exhibit is a LOT more complicated than I realized. Sometimes you hang two rugs next to each other and it just absolutely makes both rugs look bad. The colors not only have to work with adjacent rugs, but also with the “flow” of color across the exhibit. Then the space issues further restrict placement. Then there’s also the matter of making the overall display interesting. I guess I thought that we had, on each panel, room for one rug on top, and one rug on the bottom. But if we had them just stacked like that all across the display, it would be boring. We have some things hung at an angle, some square things we tried on point… all to make it look good. And to fill the spaces, so that we have room for everything.
Placement of the rugs within the exhibit is just so much more complicated than I realized!!
But, back in the hotel room, we have an exquisite suite for the 3 of us. Kris had reserved the room 2 years ago in anticipation of having the three of us stay here, and I think we have the premier suite. There’s a sun room, and a living room, and a kitchenette/dining area, plus sleeping areas. It’s huge, and sun-filled, and the only problem is thermostat control among the three of us (ie, I’m having hot flashes, and they aren’t).
Here’s a view of the area where our room is located. It’s just a lovely place.
Today I’ll get some photos of Dianne working on setting up her vendor booth, and some more photos of setting up the exhibit.