A couple times a year, an art sale with a twist takes place in Banff’s historic Harmony Lane, where artists and vintage purveyors sell out of a suitcase.
I was part of the Spring Suitcase Sale on Apri l 12, 2014. I love this sale because it forces me to pare my usually elaborate display way down. Mind you, travelling light was never my strong point. Luckily, for this sale, I got two “spots” so I could trim my display enough to fit into two suitcases.
Everyone at the sale must fit their jewelry, textiles, fiber arts, and more into a vintage suitcase. It’s creative display-making at its best.
For me, this sale is so easy. My typical set up involves grid walls, tables, framed pieces, etc., and usually sees me stuffing a car — with only room for a driver.
This time, I set up the suitcases in my studio, fill them with art, add a sign here and there, then close the lids. Here is a photo of my display in two suitcases, and the chair I bring to sit on.
These two beautiful suitcases came to me from a couple of followers on my Facebook page after I put out a call for vintage carriers in exchange for one of my handmade prints. I love these suitcases — each came with a personal story — and I feel honored to now call them part of my studio display. Check out the inside liner of the leather suitcase. A work of art in itself!
Here are a few photos of my set up at the suitcase sale in the mall. Those lovely hanging papers in the back belong to Gingko and Ink Atelier, Banff’s exquisite paper store.
Close up of my suitcase with cards and alphabet prints.
The alphabet prints come in many different colors.
The leather suitcase with my art prints. A hanging line extends my display.
While there, I demonstrated carving a small block. Here, a small bird emerges from the base art.
Me and my display. It’s always a great time at this sale — the other vendors love to laugh and visit, we see a number of Banff locals and tourists through the mall, and at the end…I flip my art flat, buckle up the suitcases and head home. Easiest display ever.