Saturday, 23 July 2011

Where to put my Voucher codes for Etsy shop

Oh dear! Haven't blogged for ages. Today the obsession of voucher codes has overtaken me. I managed to do a piece of art too today. I was getting a bit anxious so that calmed me down somewhat.

I've been using voucher codes for a while now and had one on the back of a postcard that I had left in a pile at the Parallax Art Fair.

However today I have been trying to find out if there is anywhere online that I can give out my voucher codes to entice new buyers.

So I found that there is voucherhub.com and http://etsycouponcode.com/. The latter seems the best. But I'll wait and see what happens.

I also came across Heartsy, a shop, a bit like Groupon, who do daily deals for discount prices. It seems to be good for advertising and sales if you get on it, although your profitability takes a bit of a knock. I'm going to try Heartsy at some point. But think it would make more sense when I have a few more items in stock and can offer 150 vouchers.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Penny Auctions on Ebay!


So I kicked off my penny auctions on Ebay with a painting of Stewart Lee. I think I will also name it 'Man with Guitar' for Stewart Lee haters.

Following the likes of Charlie Chittenden and Bryan Hible I have decided to sell art on an ebay auction for a penny for various reasons.

1. Pricing work is always a difficult decision for an artist. We have costs to cover that are much more than just the material cost of a picture.
And it would be good to live from our creativity and to be able to support a family too. I don't agree with the way of the capitalists and therefore cannot warrant pricing work to a level which is only suitable for purchase by a small minority with disposable income of a lifestyle I strongly disagree with.
I want my art to be available to anyone who likes it. Therefore I have made the decision to offer at least one of the 50 paintings of every new edition. (Not the ones that I have sold already for a higher price as that would not be fair to my current clients.)

2. My second reason is that I am using it as a marketing platform to attract new buyers to my work. By listing as a penny it will be more visible for longer. I will probably lose money this way but it could be worth it for the longer term plan.

Wefund Project

So after keeping this secret for so long, I finally revealed the Wefund project.
I'm not sure where I first saw this Wefund.co.uk site but it was through something I spotted on facebook. And I thought I have to do something with them. So I thought about something I would do if only I had the budget. I really want to branch out into linoprints. So I thought I would go for the big idea of an entire exhibition of prints!
Some of the videos looked a bit boring on there so I needed something that wouldn't be switched off after 20 seconds. I decided to sing a little ditty in rhyming couplets. I hope it works!
I figure that even if I don't reach my target, it's probably quite good to be a part of their site to reach people who are creative and people who like to patronise creative works.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Large ideas with nowhere to go.

This blog piece has been inspired by the fact that I had to clear out my garage today...

When I was a younger artist, sixteen/seventeen, I was amazed by the big wide world and so important was art to my identity that I used to travel around London to see artists exhibiting in all sorts of places, which were advertised in Time Out magazine.
It made me feel I must be a more serious artist if I was interested in seeing others artwork. A lot of the time I would see works that took up lots of space. I thought these artists must be important people, with no concept of the fact that almost any artist could do this if they had the gumption.
I saw Tomoko Takahashi's work before she was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2000, I have an audio tape somewhere that I bought for a pound as an investment. I wonder if it is worth anymore now?
Anyway back to the point, I have in my time had loads of wild ideas that take up a lot of space but I have stopped myself producing them now. Because I can't house them anymore. My current work is postcard size because I feel until I attract the type of collector that can store my wild ideas in their storage containers there doesn't seem to be much point putting the effort in to make them.
It is that same old arguement I suppose that what makes those artists interesting enough to listen to? There are probably many other artists who want to say interesting things but just don't have anyone listening. So my large ideas are going to stay on ice (or in my sketchbook) until more people start listening. (Especially the ones with the storage containers.)