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Display tips and tricks
« on: July 21, 2009, 06:38 PM »
In discussion with Al in the chat room I came to the conclusion that display is my next big topic for learning.  I admit this is a topic that I know very little about other than the ability (sometimes) to point out what I like and what I do not.

I was wondering if others would mind sharing their experiences, tips and tricks, pros and cons of displays.  What, in your experience, makes a good formal display, 2 point display, 3 point, tokonama, etc.  What is it you do, and/or what is it you see in the displays of others?

I look forward to your replies.


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Re: Display tips and tricks
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2009, 01:36 AM »
I made the move to shoot my trees in a more formal way several years ago. I can look a photo arrangement that I did then and see what I do now and I can see improvement. If I can discearn improvement then I know at least I am learning. Entering a competition this year and having my work critiqued by some of the best in the USA went along ways towards helping me achieve the goals I seek.

1. My list would include having a tree in a semi finished state. One that is at least far enough along that it could be displayed on it's own in an exhibit without accoutrement's.

2. Next, I would have a stand commissioned for the tree. Get a stand made that fits the pot well and goes along with feeling and nature of the tree. When in doubt always go with a more formal simple stand. Maybe a ladder stand would be a good all purpose stand. Choose a dark wood with a reddish tone, or just stay dark.

3. Accent plants. These are so simple to make and really effortless as far as the actual planting. The problem is the access to the fine pottery needed to have an ample supply of accent material all year long.

4. Good access to thin slabs or burls for placing the accents.

5. Access to about 200 scrolls to sell your message, mood, season etc.

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Re: Display tips and tricks
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2009, 04:51 PM »
I suggest that you board some good trees trees at Boon's, travel back and forth several times a year to work on them, get trees ready for the January show and participate. This would be novel for someone out in the midwest. Oh, I guess several of us do it already.....

You were there, the process of going through display set up with for the BIB show is quite informative, especially on the key trees, the really, really good ones that get done early.