If I had a newsletter, this month’s issue would proudly announce that in addition to Zeitgeist winning best of show at Art Quilt Elements (see previous posts), I have sold several artworks recently!
The first is “Staufen Vineyard,” a little landscape that I love. It reminds me of a lovely weekend with friends in a picturesque German town. We returned with my dad a few years later and had an equally lovely time.
The buyer is a friend of my sister in law’s and she also has a connection to the town of Staufen. This was a Christmas present to herself.
The second was a trade. After showing my work in the New Members exhibit at McGuffey Art Center here in town, one of the other artists offered a trade. We swapped one of my wall quilts for one of her wood block prints. I still need to frame hers, but I love this kind of barter!
Finally, my most recent sale was to a collector who found my work via, drum roll please, Pinterest!
For all the Sturm und Dramm over Pinterest, I have come to the realization that it is here to stay, that it is good organic marketing, and that I should embrace the future that is increasingly online.
Speaking of the future online, I think there could be an entire separate conversation about marketing, online presence, social media, attracting collectors and enthusiasts, and keeping work fresh versus keeping work secret as a means to those ends. My experience of late is leaning towards embracing social media. I have things I’d like to show peeks of to let people who like my work know that yes, I’ve been busy, and yes, it’s more than just knitting.
On the secret side, I have a piece that has been accepted into the SAQA regional show Tarnish, so I’m looking forward to unveiling that soon.
I have a piece that was rejected for a book project, but will remain secret until the book is published as it still has a part in the greater event. I have another piece that I’ve been keeping secret because I’d like to enter it into Quilt National, but now an even better opportunity may have arisen, so I could be sharing that soon. There are a few other pieces in secret limbo too.
And, I’ve got two secret pieces that were part of another book project, and that book is out so I can finally share — come back tomorrow for my blog post and giveaway for Lynn Krawczyk’s wonderful book, Intentional Printing! Yippee!