We are thick with work. It must move. And all ways of selling work, I hate. Entering shows, paying jury fees, shipping work off on a little vacation and then back, usually the worst for wear, never again. Paying a gallery half of the sales price, no more. Craft shows?? NO. I have done all this and it is a new day.
We have a gallery half-built. Personally, inviting friends and acquaintances to come and look is just embarrassing. Money sucks. Really.
And then there is the tool of the web. This is difficult too, thinking about “views” and “tags” and algorithms. Very frightening. I see what my artist friends are doing with this, and it can be good.
Yesterday I stumbled on a list of ten things to do to increase views in your Etsy shop. I have one and have never mentioned it to anyone. Totally unsuitable for this kind of blowing of one’s own horn, we will give it a try.
One point on list of ten things is to blog. Well, I have a blog (obviously), and know how to do it. What a perfect starting point. Start with what you know. The genius of the list says to talk about the work, show the space where you make it, all that.
So here is work sitting on pedestals laying on their sides, reaching down the length of the gallery. At this point, we have one screw in the wall to support hanging for photography. It does not work for all sizes of this work made from wooden windows.
Above is the gallery space in progress where the ceiling is partially in. There are five windows, much like the ones from which I am making this work, down both sides.
This piece is called “Green Square” and it is a deep relief projecting from the wall. To catch the depth, I also catch a part of a window. It’s always something.
Only the side walls and ceiling on the second story of this barn have sheet rock. In the front and back there is just space. You can look down to the first story. Definitely no parties until Glenn makes his proposed steel banisters. Glenn had this little bar, and behind it is an old art fair screen from many moons ago. I love what light does through the slats, but would never hang a work of art on something like this. This must have been from Glenn’s high school years.
Here is what the front and back walls look like. Bare. We are standing in Glenn’s studio looking up at the new gallery space.
Finishing off, here are more views of the piece called “Green Square”.
Aside from the windows, the piece includes a printing block (the green square) a china cup and dowels. Color exists here in the paint used on the windows in their former life, sanded in places and varnished to keep the history.
And my Etsy shop is https://manipulatedrust.etsy.com .