Common Mistakes: More Bloopers


I wanted to continue the series of showing you some of my old work and “bloopers'” I made. Mostly I’m sharing these to express my hope that as designers you should never be fearful of taking risks. I also hope that your future “tries” end up working out better than some of mine.

Tents, circa 1985

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As much as I still love doing events in tents, I have learned not to ignore the ugly ceilings of tents. Draping with fabric or covering is essential.

“Water,” circa 1986

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My first attempt at creating a cascading water effect. (Hey, you can’t blame me for trying. At the time I thought it was so cool–not.)

Setting the Stage

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I still think after all these years that this stage decoration looks good. However, can you believe those floral balls were supposed to be floral planets? I learned about the art of sculpting with flowers many years later.

The fun part about designing is the attitude that if you can think it, you can do it. Even though these are design bloopers, you can never blame me for not trying.

Tell me about an out-there idea you had for an event. Was it one of your biggest challenges and how did it turn out? I’d love to see any of your bloopers if you want to share them on my Facebook page. Also, what do you think of tents that are not draped with fabric? Is it just me who thinks they should be covered up?