I didn't intend this blog to be once a month posts, but it seems to be working out that way. So, what have I been doing?
Most weekends for the last 2-3 months I have been at craft fairs, but foe whatever reason they haven't gone well and most times I have struggled to make my table fee. To make any money at it I really need to take at least 4-5 times that, especially those for which I can be travelling over an hour to get there. Consequently I am reviewing my 'strategy' for next year (that is code for thinking how the hell do I stop losing money at this game...). I will be concentrating instead on getting my pictures into shows and galleries, even if they are what some US commenter on a Yahoo group I subscribe to called 'vanity' galleries - ie you have to pay a wall fee. For my part I don't see any significant difference between a wall fee and a table fee at craft fairs. I can't display as much in a gallery, but on the other hand once the pictures are up I don't have to do anything. I'm hoping also to get pictures on sale or return into as many retail shops as possible.
I'm also painting and have started a printmaking course. I an currently doing some monoprints and working on a set of collagraph prints. The monoprints are by way of getting to grips with the feel of the inks and papers, but one or two have worked out reasonably. Others are something of a curates egg, but I'm hoping to be able to use those good bits in ATCs and ACEOs.
I'm also experimenting with ways to show the small ATC size pictures, other than the standard transparent sleeves. My idea is to mount the image on a piece of mountboard or card, decorated to complement the image and to frame them, also decorating the frame. The aim is to present the image, mount and frame together in a bag to be sold as one piece of work. We'll see how it goes. This one for example has been mounted in a frame decorated with Chinese language newspapers and then sealed with acrylic medium. I will probably treat this one in a similar fashion, perhaps using Japanese or Korean texts..