I dont often do these type of posts but this one hits home. It happens a lot where people come to my booth look at my stuff and then get a shocked look when I tell them the prices. In my prices I include an hourly wage + materials + a percentage to cover table and travel fees to each show. Many people think i should just charge for my materials and not my time.....or that im being unreasonable asking for an hourly wage......
Really.....I shouldn't get paid for the hours of time it takes to plan, design and sculpt a piece....would you tell your plumber or electrician that you should just pay for the wires and not their training and expertise? Im no plumber or electrician but what I am is a artist who works hard at learning new skills to better my creations and bring you, the client, ever improving quality. My time is worth something, every artist's time is worth something. Without the time taken to create you wouldn't have the quality or the art you want to buy.
Above all artists usually have day jobs to help pay for bills but all aim to be self sufficient, aka their art (the thing they love to do) pays the bills and costs replacing their (usually not so thrilling) day job. You can call me a dreamer or lack reality of life but the truth is that you only live once, why not do it working at something you love not something you hate going to everyday.
Im a artist not a hobbiest and when someone tells me I'm being unreasonable in my prices i will stand up and tell them the hours it took to make. If they still don't like it, I lose the sale but I don't lose respect for myself. Someone will come and see the value and that is the important part of the story. Respect the art and the time, its not free labour to create artwork of any kind.
the video below is another artist take on this topic. if you are an artist take a listen, if you are a buyer of art this is something to keep in mind when approaching artists.
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Two item finished in one day!
I finished the Bottle Toppers first prototype and two taper earrings (sizes 0 and 2). I am looking at making more tapers for Calgary Expo in April. The Wine topper turned out awesome! and looks really cool in any wine bottle. The topper is a glass topper that I have sculpted an Octopus on top of. I have a limited amount of toppers so this line will be limited until I find a supplier who's quality I like. I will be making charms for wine glasses made using beads that go with the topper and selling the topper and charms as a set.
There are so many new items to come for 2013! Cant wait to get going on them all!
To add some spice to my blog I thought that I would post something interesting or educational or just plain cool on to posts so here is the first!
So im not a fan at all of Fifty Shades of Grey (i tried to read it but just couldn't get the fact that is a Twilight Fan Fiction out of my head) but this amazon ad is pretty funny!
Here are the pictures of the second pipe I mentioned in the previous blog post!
I plan of getting more pipes and trying different orientations and placements for the octopus or tentacles. The pipes will be for sale on etsy as well as at my Calgary show in April, but I can only sell them to the 18+ audience.
I don't make the pipes but I buy them from a Canadian Supplier who gets them from British Columbia or Quebec glass blowers.
No on the the mention of Christmas sales, the pictures beside the pipe are of my newest prototype! it is a glass wine bottle topper with a Octopect sculpted on top of it. There will also be 4 wine glass charms with the topper. I found these toppers in a bunch of christmas sales (after the holidays is the best time to stock up!) These shots are still in the work in progress stage more will be coming soon of the finished as well as with the charms.
Its a new year and that means new designs!
This is just a quick update on the progress of my latest piece, I am hoping to have it finished by this weekend!
I found some of those crystal filled necklaces in December before my break and over the holidays I dismantled them and started designing a Bollywood inspired Octopet. The above shots are only the first stage and once I get the tentacles on Hand painting will commence! When I am finished with this piece it will be a eye catcher for sure with the amount of bling on it.
This one and the Krakenstine Octopet will be for sale on Jan 26th 2013 at Taste of Animethon in Edmonton AB!
Check it out!
I am a artisan based out of New Westminster BC. Creativity is one of my escapes and I really enjoy bringing weird and wonderful to life!