The past week has been a bit of whirlwind preparing for the Gainesville Downtown Festival & Art Show this weekend. Special thanks to Dan Randall of Sweetwater Picture Framing for giving me the opportunity to showcase with him during the show. Getting ready for any show is always labor intensive. There's getting the booth ready, doing a booth set up, making sure I have all the right hardware and tools (plus extras), and deciding on layout. Then I have to decide on what images to frame, what images to print for my bins and how many, fire up the printer, mat and bag prints, make signage.
I do all my own printing on a Canon Pixma Pro-100. I've outsourced my framed prints to Dan. I currently offer 5x7 prints on 8x10 mats, 8x12 prints on 12x16 mats, A7 greetings cards printed on a beautiful linen paper, and the newest addition of 4x6 postcards. The postcards are glossy on the image side and mat on the back side so you can write notes and actually mail the cards. The idea of making postcards came to me when I was thinking of a way to share the 365 project in print form. Why not try collectible postcards? Why not print the rest of my work on postcards too?
The task of printing postcards seemed simple at first. Set up a 4x6 blank canvas in Photoshop. Create a postcard back with text and resize image to fit. Simple! Haha! I've often fooled myself into thinking a task such as this would be easy as pie, and this case was no different. Guide layouts were the saving grace. I had my dimensions all wrong to start, and the image kept printing too far to the left. Then there was figuring out which way to orient the card stock in the printer so that the front and back were oriented correctly. Sometimes I would get so focused on orienting the paper correctly that I would print the image on the back side instead of the front.
In the end it all came together and I've got a nice selection of postcards of both nature and abstract/365 images to share. Stop by the show this weekend to see them in person. I'll be located in front of Sweetwater Picture Framing in the Sun Center (near the Hippodrome). If you can't make the show then keep your eyes peeled on my newly launched Etsy store (MichelleNagriPhoto) for updates. I'm very excited to get this project going! There's still a LOT more to do, but it's a start.
Although art shows can be stressful on some level, I absolutely love being out there with people and sharing my work. It's fun to connect with others and watch them engage with a different perspective. Sometimes a thoughtful comment from a stranger can cascade into new avenues. Spending the weekend outdoors in beautiful weather isn't so bad either.
Needless to say I've been so busy printing old stuff that I haven't had the time to focus on making new stuff. Unfortunately the 365 project is on hold until after the show. Stay tuned next Friday for an update on weeks 16 & 17. As always, I welcome feedback, comments, special requests, and thoughtful insights. Thanks for your support!