Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Waiting Game

Now that I have finally got some new stock in my shop, now what?  Aside from the perk of avoiding face-to-face rejection, selling online is hard!  I've put the word out on MySpace and Facebook and of course my blog...I'm not 100% sure what to do next. Well, I take that back. I know word of mouth and real time self promotion is next...I'm just avoiding it. Not good, I know. I'm working on it though. OH! A giveaway will get me some attention!  More on that later...

In other news, I really need to start producing some work for my Master's program.  I'm so used to having assignments that this independent study thing is giving me a bit of a fit.  I've also been consumed with getting things into my shop so that has given me a bit of a creative block as far as school projects go.  I think that my next move Etsy wise will be to list bags that can be made to order.  Actually, I wish I would have thought of that first!  Then I could have just made one of each style and let customers pick their own fabric. Not re-inventing the wheel with that concept, but you get the idea. 

In case you were wondering, my theme for my body of work is body modification.  I plan to draw inspiration from various forms of modifications like tattoos, scarification, branding, etc.  The thing is I am not sure what I want to make first...a clothing item? A soft sculpture? A wall hanging? See...someone who has trouble making decisions like me should not be left to their own devices!  Well, I should stop whining because I am going for my terminal art degree so it's time I get into my "artist's mindset".  Since I hate posting sans pics, I will leave you with a couple of images I have collected as inspiration towards my school projects...


4 comments:

La Alicia said...

Sounds like you have a lot going on to promote yourself! That's great! Have you thought about adding twitter to your efforts? It's fun, easy and quick. Follow me I'm @laalicia

ARTina said...

I was thinking about it, but I was wondering if Tweeting would be just too much?

lucidRose said...

Hey there. i just stumbled across your blog. I remember when i first started etsy...it took a lot of activity, befriending and networking + online promotion to get any sales. but its possible and your work and fabric choices are divine. Truthfully im on flickr.com,face book, twitter and more trying to promote and it seems the more sites i juggle the more of an audience/customer base i reach. its a lot of work and sometimes it can be too much but i think you can do it! I love your stuff.
Oh..and i love your school project theme and that photo of the tribal scarification is more beautiful then i can ever describe. good luck with everything. youll do wonderful!
-Chelsea Rose

ARTina said...

Thank you so much Chelsea! It is a lot, but sometimes I like the juggling...I need some Twitter practice, though. I really have seen a decent jump in attention, especially from being more aggressive. I have the mindset of not wanting to "bug" people. I have gained a few buddies that I may not have crossed paths with in real time, which I love. I am drawn to so many different types of folks.

Thank you so much for your comment and well wishes!