Lately, I’ve been exploring the world of needle felted wall hangings and paintings. I’m really enjoying the process and it allows my creative side to shine. I absolutely love it! My focus has been moving away from bags, and clothing to this. It seems like the perfect way to combine my love of nature with my love of fiber. If you are looking for a custom piece, please reach out! I am working on figuring out how many of these custom orders I can fit in a month (3-4, most likely), so if you’d like to get on the list, now would be the time to do so.
Covid-19 has certainly effected the art world. In a business model where interacting with the public at art shows is key, we, as a group, are struggling to figure out how to move forward and stay in business. Now is the time when many applications for shows and exhibits are going out for the rest of 2020 (in particular the fall and holiday shows). Summer shows are being cancelled, as are holiday shows. Yes, shows in November are being cancelled - both due to concerns about the virus and concerns about the decreased likelihood of those shows being profitable. Let me say, those shows are being cancelled for good reason. It’s impossible to keep proper social distancing, and the economic downturn means people won’t be buying art at a level to make it ideal for these shows.
So, what is an artist to do? Of course we will continue to do art. Art isn’t merely a business for us, but it is something we love to do. It’s something a part of our being. However, we still need to make sales in order to pay our bills, buy supplies and keep doing what we love to do. Online sales are certainly a part of it (you can click on the shop link to go to my etsy shop), but they don’t cover it all. And there is just something about seeing these works of fiber art in person, touching them, and talking to the artist, that you can’t replicate online.
In that thread, I am brainstorming ways to connect with you all. Some ideas I’ve had:
- virtual private lessons
- online holiday shows (not just my etsy shop)
- videos of me at work
- weekly “ask the artist” via live chat on facebook
If there is something you’d like to see or are interested in, please reach out! I would love to hear from you!