To say I was a bit nervous when I set out to attend the Alt Summit, would be an understatement. That’s a lot coming from this self proclaimed confident girl. I applied to do a backdrop for one of the stages and they picked me! So, no time to be nervous… I have to be ready with my paper flowers. Thank you to the Home Depot for sponsoring this beautiful piece.
Hiding in my Flowers
When I am able to present backdrops for different events, it’s actually a fantastic ice breaker. You feel like you belong just a but more and have something to show when you say “I’m an artist.” Especially when someone asks “how did you get these to California from Florida?” Well, I pack all of the pre painted petals and then assemble them in the hotel room and beg the maid to not come in for at least three days because the room is so bad.
Alt Summit was so wonderful to get volunteers for each artist. Mine was amazing. The staples I brought were not the right ones and this dream boat went to the Home Depot to get me all new ones!
How I did it
Using three peg boards, I was lucky enough to have the room with the amazing metal structures to simply attach to with massive zip ties. Once those were hung I painted the center portion that I tapped off with frog tape. The design was free hand but it added so much texture and dimension. Adding the 1″X2″ wood slats was able to push the logo to the front. Flowers were attached with staples (massive staples). That’s it!
The Lovely People & Art
Welcome party was fun when I found these ladies to laugh with. Int he first photo my shins look like I’m wearing knee high socks but I am not. This Florida girl does NOT love the sun.
Bottom: This awesome neon backdrop was in the room next to mine and I loved the design by Kiss My Neon.
The above and below is a set up from the Home Depot and was design and created by Vintage Revivals. Isn’t is so stinking pretty? I was lucky enough to have been invited to this private dinner during the week.
Below: Random beautiful rainbow and showing off my earring that match my hotel! Hey, lighting was great!
Below from left to right; Mandi from Vintage Revival and Gabrielle from Design Mom (The inventor of Alt Summit!) I was lucky enough to be taking a break and happened to get a photo with these inspiring women. Rachel from Banyan Bridges and I eating so.many.churros. We initially met at the Haven Conference and ran into each other at all meals. Rad and Happy creative, Tara, and I met after she spoke in front of my backdrop and kept talking about poop. Instant connection.
The hotel was so colorful and on the last day I had time to kill after taking down my backdrop. It was so nice just to relax and apparently just stare off into the distance and take a selfie.
Overall, the Alt Summit was a great experience. I learned so much and met amazing people. I can’t image anyone feeling left out unless you make it that way. Things I would do next time; rent a car on my own, stay at an air bnb with a group of ladies, and explore the local scenic areas. See you next year Alt!