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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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!