Friday, February 12, 2010
Just call me Granny
It has been over 20 years since I cuddled a newborn baby of my own. So the past couple of months of my new life as a grandmother has been delicious! The sounds and smells of a new baby are intoxicating. And seeing these new parents grow into their role of caretaker just fills my heart.
There has been a lot of activity in my folk art studio, too. I'm seriously loving the creation of my tree pillow series. The one I'm including in this post has seed beads that I hand-sewed with tlc. I love this kind of stuff! I am planning to post several new ones in my NestleAndSoar.etsy.com shop in the next few weeks. The artistic process is so much fun, I am actually postponing the finishing work. I actually feel connected to the art!
I've been looking at conversations on the internet about how people value their artwork. Some folks seem to think they should charge a price that is very, very small with the hopes of selling more of their art. Other folks seem almost mad about how charging a low price does not take into account the steps in the process outside of the creation of the thing; like trips to the post office, shipping supplies, etc. As a contempory folk artist who works with wool and linen, I can compare my pillows, for instance, with some pillows that are sewn in Peru. Some imports seem to be highly priced, while others, sell for next to nothing.
How do you all feel about this? If you create art, do you compare yourself to products that are mass-produced? Do you set up your pricing practices to include what some people call "fully-loaded costs"? As artists, do we take ourselves seriously, or do we feel we have to sell at low prices because creating or making is something we do "for fun"?
I'd love to hear what you think...Georgianne
Everyone deserves the chance to nestle and soar today