Holiday Shopping Tips
Now that I finished recording 3 conference presentations and 4 lectures, and completed 2 grant applications, I can put a little more time and effort into my business. Yes, this is a business, an artistic business that takes time to maintain on line and on social media, as well as time and money to create what I have to offer.
During this time of the holiday season, it's common for many people to look at an artist's hard work and think to themselves "I can do that for much cheaper...". Have you thought this to yourself while perusing a farmer's market during this summer, or are you planning to go to a winter holiday craft show to get some gift ideas? Below, I've listed some good practices and information about what it 'costs' to create all of our one-of-a-kind and custom pieces. So let's start!
1) Don't take photos of people's hard work
You may want to remember how a final product looked or the variety of ways to customize an item. Don't just take a photo of the item and walk away! The artist spent much more than money to create their works, and knowing the background of what was put into the final products may give you perspective. Which leads me to the next point...
2) Have a conversation with the artists
We are not scary. Mostly we will be extremely excited to share with you our process and inspiration for different pieces. You will get so much more out of the encounter that, if you purchase something from them, you not only have a product but a story.
3) Purchase at least ONE of the artist's creations
If you really think you'd be able to create something like you saw at an art show, buy one of the artist's works! You will a) have a final product to examine at home, b) be supporting an artist and allowing them to continue working, and c) still have a beautiful piece that you will remember even if you end up not making one yourself.
4) The price is not just for the materials
There is so much more that is put into making artwork. First, there's the inspiration and the time designing, experimenting, scrapping, and starting over - see the video of the very first step in making the charms available for customization in my shop. Second, by the time artist's have honed their craft, a lot of money could have already been spent on materials. Third, this money debt for the sake of the artwork can easily grow. And fourth, the time it takes to produce a final product can take multiple days, especially if the art is a second or third job for the artist.
5) Supporting an artist means you're supporting an individual, not an over-seas corporation