Monday, 4 June 2012

I sold work

Some of you will know that I am up to eye balls with various projects at the moment and one of them is our county 'open studios', Dorset Arts Weeks.  For a fee you can join the organization and be part of a well run and established event which takes place every two years across Dorset.  It is open to absolutely any kind of artist and I am always amazed at the amount of wonderful work that is going on behind front doors in this county.  I was invited to join a group and the six of us are exhibiting together for the first time-  in a lovely rusty old barn.  We are felters, quilters, jewellery makers and Liz also has vintage linens.

It has been very interesting to see what people are buying.  It is mostly small (no big price items have sold yet) and decorative in the sense of being easy to live with (calm country scenes, floral), wearables like scarves, covered books and cards.  Dennie had some giclee prints made of some of her work, added small 'extras' like gold foil and wispy bits of felting, framed them and they have sold.  It made the pieces cheaper than selling the original and is possibly worthy of thought.  Framing is still the biggest expense and all my pieces were sold unframed.  I feel justified because framing is a very personal choice and we had one customer who bought one of Liz's pieces and said straight out they were going to change the frame!

But what provoked this posting was that one of the pieces that I sold was "The day the boats came in"!!!!  The other two were journal quilts "Harvest Moon" and "Crop Circles".

12" square
10" square
Tickled pink but not planning to give up the day job!

Hilary

8 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Hilary! I too find it satisfying when someone likes my work enough to actually pay money for it, to want to live with it in their home or to give to a dear friend. Enjoy!

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  2. Wonderful! It is very validating to sell. Well done.

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  3. these people have excellent taste! well done. pse let me know when your graffiti piece is up for sale.

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  4. Very nice for you Hilary and thank you for the description of your experience.

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  5. Thanks Orah. I have actually put my Graffiti quilt up for sale at the Barn but for a ridiculously high price of £500 because it is special and I'm banking no-one will want to pay that price!

    Hilary

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  6. Well done! Ditto .... appreciating to know it is going to be loved by somebody else.

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  7. Well deserved success Hilary!

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  8. Congratulations, Hilary!! What a wonderful feeling that what you love to do is appreciated by others...enough to pay for your piece to come live with them. Hope the money raised will continue to support your art! :-)

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