Organizing A design Studio
I began working on my art studio and office updates near the beginning of summer in order to refresh and basically clean out the work space. I'm guessing that most artists and designers can relate to the studio stacks of materials from projects that seem to build up and grow over time. I soon realized that my studio is usually in a state of evolving and occurring projects and that I would never be totally ready to completely for sharing. This was a nice challenge to tidy-up, photoshoot, and share my space as it currently appears.
As you may remember, I planned to declutter and even host a Shibori workshop event this summer. I began with both inspiration and product boards, as I started to source pieces to help me reorganize my space. To begin to organize the space, I relied on new and old furnishings to give the room order and structure.
So here it is, my studio, work in progress!
As you can see, the white open shelving with drawers hold most of my art materials, paints and textiles. My desk and writing space is to the left and my work table is to the right.
Read on down, to see all the details and progress as it comes together. Scroll to the bottom, to find out more about how to join my art studio board, so that we can design our artistic spaces and share inspiration.
How to Sell Your Art through Minted
Today, I will share with you how I began to sell my original artworks as high-quality prints online. This is the beginning of a new series "Working As" where I will explore the different ways that I see creative people having success out there in the real world. My hope is that this series will give more artists and designers ideas about how to connect with an audience who truly appreciates their work.
This piece was inspired by a conversation that I had with a colleague the other day who had recently graduated from college. She had a strong interest in developing her work as an artist post-college. She asked me a variety of questions about how I sell my work online, which is something that I have been experimenting with over the past 5 years.
One of the first places other than Etsy and craft fairs that I have sold my fine art prints is through Minted.com. Here are the steps that I took to sell on Minted along with what has helped me to get my first few designs published.
I knew that one place that I really wanted to sell my artwork was on Minted because I love the brand. I discovered Minted as a customer first and each year our family would design our holiday photo cards through the customizable design work of independent graphic designers.
For those of you who haven't heard about it before, Minted is an online marketplace of independent artists and graphic designers. Today, I will tell you how to set-up a Minted account which will enable you to enter the Minted Design Challenges.
To enter the design challenges, you will need to Create an Account. I already had an account because I was a customer of Minted first, if you have never used Minted before, you can register here.
2. SEE OPEN CHALLENGES
Next, you can look up the Open Challenges to see opportunities to enter your work. I like to peruse the challenges way in advance. Sometimes I design based on these challenges, but I also submit pieces that I create as a part of my studio practice that I think are a nice fit.
This abstract painting below was inspired by a trip to the Joshua Tree desert and I entered it in the Minted x West Elm Challenge.
3. SUBMIT YOUR DESIGNS
I recommend submitting more than 1 design especially if you have more than 1. You can also submit a series of artworks. I submitted both pieces below to the Minted x West Elm challenge. If I'm being honest, I really thought the piece at right would receive the most votes. To my surprise the piece to the left was chosen as an Editor's pick.This was my second win! I was so excited because, I love West Elm and had always wanted to be selected Feedback is often helpful and can also surprise you!
4. JOIN THE COMMUNITY
You can gain followers and friends by commenting and liking other artist's work that you genuinely enjoy. You can build a little community of artists and fans, plus receive meaningful feedback. Later, I joined the Minted Community group on Facebook, where I was able to ask questions about the best ways to digitize my art. Below, you will see some of my favorite artists that I began to follow. I learned a lot by looking at their winning artwork.
Once voting begins, you can participate by voting on the artwork in each challenge. You can get friends and fans on social media involved by asking them to rate your work, or you can send out an email to a group of close friends and family.
5. GET YOUR WORK NOTICED
Creating a poll is another way to gather feedback about your work, while making your work more visible. Many people can see it on Minted, when you create a poll to ask a question about your work.
Sometimes when a new challenge is announced, it inspires me to create a new artwork, and other times I use a piece of art from my portfolio that I feel is appropriate or speaks to the challenge. For my first big win, I entered the Drawing and Sketching Challenge, I chose to enter my watercolor of Amer Fort shown below. I think it shows my ability to sketch and I had received a lot of positive feedback on the piece from friends, so I thought it would have a good chance at being selected. That particular challenge although competitive did not have as many entries as the larger West Elm challenges and I thought that might be a good place to start.
6. SET UP YOUR SHOP
Congratulations! Once your first artwork is selected by the Minted community or editors, you are ready to set up your Minted shop. You will be guided through the steps online. You will create an artist's bio that describes your work, is interesting, and can be viewed by many people online. Later, I created a banner and added photos from my art studio. An evocative banner might feature the materials you use, a close-up of one of your artworks, or your studio space. I chose to show a picture of my workspace and artwork in progress.
Below is a graphic color wheel collage that recently I submitted to the Pottery Barn Kids x Minted challenge. I noticed that many people liked this piece prior to voting, so my fingers are crossed!
7. NEVER GIVE UP
Lastly, I would like to encourage you! My work was not chosen for the first 2 challenges that I entered, so in this case I did not have beginner's luck. It was only after curating and improving my work that I had that first win- so have patience and never give up! Once you have a shop you can "self-launch" other artworks and this can also be a good way to find out what people respond to.
Stay tuned to find out how I am growing my Minted storefront along with tips on how you can too. This has been the first post in my Working As series, and I would like to hear from you. Please let me know, if you have any questions about how to take those first steps with Minted. Have fun and be creative- there are no limits to what you can accomplish!
Virtual Visit to an Oregon Hotel
It's Friday and I'd like to take you on a virtual adventure to a boutique hotel in eastern Oregon. Even if you are like me and you aren't going anywhere this weekend, I hope this post might inspire you.
I came across this unique hotel a few weeks ago, back when I was searching for places to visit in Oregon (before we decided to go to Lake Arrowhead and Hawaii). Arrowhead for a long weekend, and Hawaii for a whole week, more on that later! I was specifically searching for boutique Oregon hotels, when I came across The Jennings Hotel. Immediately, I got excited about it's concept, which showcases the work of regional craftsmen and small businesses founded by Greg Hennes.
One thing, that seems fun about visiting an art hotel is that guests truly get a sense of the character and culture of the people around them. The second part that draws me to the Jennings Hotel is the iddylic location: the breathtaking natural setting of mountains and lakes. I would love to take a week to explore it.
I am drawn to this room which is simple and modern. I love that it features a black and white drawing, wall mirror and vintage furnishings. I love that the room's signature pieces are handmade by a visual artist and a local architect. I have a thing for walnut hanging mirrors and love this one too.
In the room below, I love use of black and white paint which creates an illusion within the positive and negative space, along with the sculptural walnut coat rack.
As for the kitchen, I like the minimal modern design and custom carpentry.
Another opportunity that I think is exciting is that the Jennings offers an affordable artist residency. I would personally love to stay and work in the wood-shop there on a mini-collection. Have you considered doing a long term or short term artist residency? If so, where did you do it?
I admire the work of Phloem Studio and their chairs created for the hotel.
Hennes, the founder was able to get his project off the ground largely through a Kickstarter campaign. I have often wondered about the prospects of tackling a renovation project of this kind through a crowd-sourcing platform. I think his idea to engage the community through art and local interests is innovation at it's best. There are other art hotels across the country that I have seen or read about in my travels each unique in it's own way. I hope to share more of those places with you soon.
In the mean time, I am making travel plans for the near future and I'd love to hear about your travel plans. Where are you going on your next getaway?
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