I went to a beautiful craft show on Saturday. I walked around with Keiran and we looked at each booth and admired everything. Of course I wanted many items but I walked away with having spent $5.00 on 3 enameled pennies. When you are a thrifter you start to get a mindset at the cost of items. Or maybe I should change that to the price that I want to pay. That isn't to say the artists don't deserve every dollar that they charge. They probably should charge even more. I personally have a hard time spending money on well....anything that cost a lot. I love handcrafted items and I am working harder to accept spending money on them. I love to support local businesses and especially local artists.
Which brings me to my current quandary. I've finally settled on some art that is stirring my blood. I've bounced around from craft to craft dabbling a little bit in cross-stitch, trying my hand somewhat badly at painting, striving to sew something that has a straight stitch and yet I finish or not finish a project and I don't feel that I would want this framed, on my wall or for heaven's sake something that I might wear. I don't tend to give up though and when another craft comes my way I try once again.
I've watched Jodi start off as a blogger who did a bit of painting on the side and become someone who is regularly in art magazines, has art showings and is selling her paintings left and right. A part of me wants that too. Is that a bad thing to admit? I mean we all have dreams right? I have way too many and some I will admit might not ever happen. I really want to be in a movie. I nearly got to be in one when a walk on role appeared at our school auction but it fell through. Maybe one day a film will be set in Sonoma County and I can get a part as an extra. Or at least help furnish the set with thrifted items. I also want to publish books, start a magazine, create a Thrift Conference, set up a non-profit to furnish homes with high quality 2nd hand items, illustrate a children's book, become a graphic artist and so on. But I really, really love the idea of being an artist even if I'm not using the traditional mediums of canvas and paint.
Over the last six months I played around with a medium that worked well with my crafty skills. I've finished two pieces and have started a third. I've never felt so much passion before about a craft. It just seems to be unfolding naturally and ideas are coming to me like crazy. I have to write them down before I forget them. I'm probably building it up too much here on my blog, but for me this is an exciting thing. I wake up in the morning anxious to start on my next piece.
My quandary though has to do with placing value on art. For those artists or crafters, can you share with me a little insight on how you price your art? Are there websites or books that you might suggest I read? I looked at Etsy regarding embroidery and the prices are all over the map. Some people put so little value on their art that I would turn away from their store feeling down that they aren't charging more.
For those that don't sell but instead buy ,how much do you usually pay for a handcrafted item? Is that a silly question? I'd love any help that you might offer. Here's a tiny peak at my 2nd piece.
I'm planning to bring them to the Petaluma Vintage Holiday Boutique on Saturday to test the waters. I'll probably place them in my Etsy store next week if I bring them home with me. Looking forward to your thoughts.