Selling work as an Artist, Designer or Craft Person

Pop up shops:

pop up shops are small shops that are up for a small amount of time which can vary from a few hours to a few weeks or months. These stalls/shops are temporary so they have to been built and taken down every time they are re located so there is a lot of time and energy spent setting them up and taking them down. Because they are only up for a short amount of time there might not be enough time for it to be recognised and therefore not receive enough customers. The positives of using pop up shops are that they can be used for testing and experimenting whether your product will sell or not. They also give small companies that don’t have much financial backing a helping hand  and they also create a lot of hype so they can help the surrounding area such as shopping malls, centers etc.

Selling Work Online:

websites such as Etsy, Ebay, Folksy, Society6 and Notonthehighstreet are good and well respected websites for selling art work on. On Ebay anybody can upload work but you have to pay to upload multiple photos and The company takes a cut out of the money you make off the website. Etsy is purely and art selling website while Ebay could be anything but Etsy is crafts and textiles based but it is a big and well known website. Folksy is similar to Etsy but other art can be sold as well and it is UK based but it’s smaller then Etsy. Notonthehighstreet is a high quality shop which is good for buyers but the website is invite only so only a select few can sell their work on it.

Photo Libraries:

There are hundreds and possibly thousands of photo library websites but Alamy is one of the biggest most respected photo library websites. With these websites you can upload your photos of anything, give it tags so that people can find you images, and then people can purchase your photos for their, websites, magazine, presentation etc. The money that they spend on your photo is split between you (the uploader) and the company owns the website that you uploaded to. The problem with photo libraries is that there are millions of other photos on these websites so the odds of your photo being bought are quite small. but this also means there is a wide audience to sell your work to and if your work is very high quality then the chances of it being bought are a lot higher.

Own Website shop:

When making your own website you have to consider a few factors such as logo, color scheme, style, textures, layout, font (legibility and size)

Pricing work:

When pricing your work you have to consider  few things to make sure you don’t lose money when selling your art. You have to think about the money spent on materials, Studio/space, labour time and overhead costs. Overhead costs can be things such as gas, to heat the studio, electricity to power the lights, and other things that are involved in the creative process. You also have to consider where you are selling your work. Galleries can take 40% or more of the money that you make on your work as commission for selling it in their gallery. If you’re selling it on your own website you have to consider how much it costs for the website domain and the internet costs for uploading, but that could go under overhead costs.

 

Emma Lonsdale:

Emma Lonsdale is an artists who works from home who makes quirky paintings and patterns using her original paintings as her main starting point.

She uses bits of newspapers, magazines and layers of blocked colors using paints and spray cans to make parts of her work and also colors out the lines.

Emma Lonsdale is also on Notonthehighstreet

 

 

 

 

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