Monday, 24 June 2013

Going round in circles and meeting myself round the corner!Or lacking a sense of direction!!!
It's been a strange old time. There are times when I adore beavering away in the studio, sending work off to galleries, quite happy with the dog and Radio 4 for company during the day. Sometimes,however, I think it would be so nice to actually deal with the exhibition and sale of my work myself....to actually be able to put  a face to those lovely people who choose to buy my work or to have long interesting conversations with other creative folk. Twitter and facebook sometimes help with the latter but there are times when I would love to share a studio space, to have a combined workshop gallery so folk could wander in or perhaps belong to a cooperative gallery. Would I then crave my own company? I think the answer, as with everything is a bit of both !
I wonder how other folk deal with this conundrum? I would love to hear your thoughts!
My answer so far has been to have the odd stall at local street fairs etc where I sell my giclee prints , cards etc.  The last being the Adnams Midsummer fayre in Southwold.... but...every time it has either rained , snowed, blown a gale or  as on Saturday  a lot of rain and wind! I have stood and shivered and mopped and wiped and thought THIS IS NOT THE ANSWER!!!
I  am generally a very positive,'get-on-and-deal-with' type of person but I find myself in a bit of a doldrum trying out different ideas for working, making , selling but going round and round in circles....Hey Ho!
BUT...one thing I am going to do is blog! Have a lovely week !

6 comments:

  1. Hi Mandy, it is tricky isn't it.
    I have the same problem, but I know that I prefer to work in my own space. I am happy that galleries organise the exhibition space... though the commission rates are now very high!
    I do however enjoy marketing and selling my cards, either to individuals or trade orders... through these I've met some lovely local business people, so I feel I am part of the supply chain.

    And I'm looking forward to Folk East :-)
    xx

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    1. Hello Celia. Yes I agree in lots of ways. I am so used to working on my own that I get quite self conscious if others are about! But I would love to share a retail space ....one day when I win the lottery!

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  2. I have to admit that after a couple of weeks of R4s Dangerous Visions I'm feeling the same ;-)

    Hope your doldrums lift soon and you have a lovely week too.

    Alison

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    1. Thanks Alison. Must admit I often swop to Radio 4 extra for a little bit of vintage comedy when it gets grim! Even the Archers has got me swopping ...can't bear Lilian sobbing!!!!!

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  3. Hi Mandy - love your Cormorant (previous post.

    A studio/gallery is a great idea or a co-op gallery, which is my own experience and a good way to meet your buyers and share experiences with fellow artists, definitely recommended. Lesley

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    1. Thanks Lesley. Yes a coop gallery would be my ideal...best of both worlds!!!

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