Offset will be upon us in just a week!
Things are wrapping up pretty neatly so far. This past weekend, I wrapped up the bulk of my shop. All the holes are drilled, and the posts are ready to go. The bolt & nut system works perfectly, which I love because it allows me to attach more or less pallets depending on what I need for a particular event. For thesis, I will be going with two pallets on the sides, three on the back. The shelves also work wonderfully. They slip into the slots between the pallet boards firmly and quickly. I love this feature, because I can use as many or as little as I need.
The remainder of the work that needs done for the shop is to attach the pipes where bags will hang on the sides. I've also decided to add a roofing structure by using 2x4's on the sides, and across the back. Although I will not have a covered roof for the thesis show, for future outdoor events we can use billboard vinyl to protect us from sun and rain. For the show, I will opt to use large-bulb string lights across, to give the shop lighting and set a nice mood.
A few small questions still need to be answered, but they will come to me pretty quickly when I get back to building. I've got the wood I need for the counter, and will be building this weekend. I just need to determine what I will use to cover the front of it. Maybe laser cut a design into it, or screenprint our logo onto a piece of masonite? I also need to create my final signage to hang in the back of the shop, and from one of the posts at the front.
The packaging design is pretty much wrapped up. I'll need to enlist the help of a friendly screen printer to burn the design into the screen Leah & I built. I did quite a bit of flip-flopping on the design, but i'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I've just got a small amount of refining until it's good to go. I've got an appointment at the laser cutter on Friday to get the cardboard cut.
I placed an order with our manufacturer today to get the bags made. I won't be getting them until the 30th, but it shouldn't take too much time to get it all packaged up. I'll have less bags than I would have liked, but i've got to work with the budget I have. It would be great if people liked them enough for me to sell out, but if I sell out, I won't have any product to show. I suppose there are better problems to have than selling out of product.
Please come check out my shop on May 1st from 6–9, or May 2nd from 3–7 at Offset, and the rest of the incredible work by our class!