I’m back in Seattle after a pretty quick and fast receding week in New York debuting Orange Twist cards at the 2012 National Stationery Show.
Ja from Ilee Papergoods and I left together from Seattle on a red-eye Jet Blue flight Thursday, May 17th and got in to JFK around 6am. We snagged a breakfast sandwich at my bidding and scarfed those down before arriving at the empty, fairly deserted luggage carousel a half hour later. In my blurry brain I figured the luggage was just slow in coming, but after asking an attendant, found out our bags had already arrived and been transferred to the baggage claim office. Oops. I guess I haven’t done much air travel lately. We hustled over to the office where we located our large suitcases and trundled them over to the cab stand.
|Cutting into the pallet|
We headed into the city during rush hour traffic and got to the Jacob Javits Convention Center on the west side of Manhattan around 7:45 am. Doors opened for set up at 8 and we headed over to our address for the next six days–booth 1175. Our pallet had arrived in good condition so the first order of the day was unloading it and starting to put up our walls.
|Organizing and unpacking the contents from between the panels|
When loading the pallet we’d envisioned starting at the aisle and building to the corner, but Ja pointed out that having the walls flush at the corner was important and we should start there and build out in case measurements with the booth and/or the actual wall panels weren’t quite perfect. With that wisdom we started in the corner of our 6 foot wall and worked toward the aisles.
|Only four more feet to go!|
We were pretty much alone in our block of the aisle and worked as efficiently as possible given our jet lag, the early morning, and the now backwards way that the panels were loaded on the pallet. Putting up the walls took about 2.75 hours and after they were up and sufficiently braced, Ja and I headed down to get our first, and much needed coffee of the day. I’m pretty sure that at one point while I was bracing the back of the panels, Ja was leaning against the front and falling asleep.
Once we had coffee and Sarah from Tutta Lou Press arrived, we decided to lay down the floor. Sarah had seen some great photos of brightly colored tape floors and we borrowed the idea by laying down 2 inch strips of color.
|Ja working on putting down the floor|
Let’s just say that laying that 6×20 foot floor took a loooong time with two people working in tandem. In fact, by 8 pm that night we’d discovered that we had 36 square feet of floor still to cover and maybe 12 square feet of tape left. Ooops. Chalk that up to my bad calculations. Luckily Ja and Sarah were too tired to brow beat me for my mistake and instead, that night at our hotel, strategized about what to do.
|Sarah at her work station|
After sleeping like a logs, and filling ourselves with a hearty breakfast, Ja and I went to a hardware store while Sarah finished up some paperwork. After a bit of explaining what we were looking for, we miraculously located five of our six colors of our tape! Instead of being 2 inches wide they were only .7 inches wide, but we were ecstatic. We bought the needed rolls and headed over to Javits where Ja and I finished up the last chunk of flooring and worked on our individual displays.
|Ja hanging her cards|
That second day setting up went pretty smoothly with all of our neighbors filtering in to set up also. Despite glue dot issues on Sarah’s end, spilled paint, a crooked calendar, and being reprimanded by the Javits electricians, our set up went really quite smoothly and looked great by the end of the day.
|Me trying to level my posters|
Ja and I finished around 6 pm and headed to buy some kind of broom with which to sweep our masterpiece in the morning while Sarah hung around another couple hours in order to finish up her display.
That night we ate out in our ‘hood, and worked on last minute line sheets and paperwork to print the morning of the show, and then conked out around midnight.