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wI’ve launched a new shop on etsy called Ivy Teakettle, where I am selling funky chainmaille jewelry and eco-friendly bags made of “plarn” (plastic yarn upcycled from shopping bags – see my blog for a tutorial!).I’m having so much fun making these items!I’m working on getting some of my work into local shops, so keep an eye out for my work when you’re shopping around town!
wI’ve also established regular studio hours – Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from .Of course, my many meetings often conflict with this, so there are exceptions.I’ve got a Google calendar (also on my website under “News”) to keep everyone updated with my schedule, though.Feel free to stop by during studio hours to see what’s new!
wI continue to be busy with North CountryArtsCenter.We are currently looking for artists and crafters who are interested in our Colors of Fall Arts & Crafts Festival.Be in touch with me or visit http://www.northcountryartscenter.org for an application!
wI’m also available for custom artwork, custom chainmaille pieces, and web design.See artist Laura Neadle’s website for an example of my work.
I’m booked right up for 2008!Here’s the list of upcoming events.Keep in mind that I will have some new pieces for each show, so try to make it to all of them so you don’t miss anything!
Kate E. Austin Solo Show at Lake Sunapee Bank
Location: Lake Sunapee Bank, 1995 Route 4, Killington, Vermont
Date: NOW – April 13th 2008
Final Friday Shirt Factory Open House
The last Friday of every month will be an Open House at The Shirt Factory.Stop by to see the studios of artists, painters, potters, stained glass artists, felters, jewelers, fabric artists, pastel artists, woodworkers, and more!There are also shops open – a tea shop, an art supply shop, and a quilting shop, to name a few.
Location: Studio #307, The Shirt Factory, Corner of Cooper & Lawrence Streets, Glens Falls, New York
Class sizes are limited, so reserve your seat early!
All classes take place at the studio, located at The Shirt Factory, Suite #307 (Third Floor), Corner of Lawrence and Cooper Streets, Glens Falls, New York
How to sell your art or craft online
Date: Saturday, April 12th 2008
Saturday, May 17th 2008
Saturday, June 21st 2008
This beginner’s class is for the artist or crafter who is finally ready to part with some of their work. We will cover everything you need to know to start up your own online business, including which websites to use, how to use them, describing your work, shipping, shop policies, promoting, networking, and more.
Introduction to Chainmaille
Date: Saturday, April 19th 2008
Saturday, May 24th 2008
Saturday, June 28th 2008
Fee: $20 Class fee
$25 Materials fee
Learn the basics of chainmaille – how to make rings, where to purchase supplies, and how to put together a stunning matching bracelet and ring in your choice of colors! All materials are included in this class, and you will leave with a gorgeous piece of jewelry you have made yourself!Students are asked to bring two sets of pliers and to reserve their seat by April 5th.
All materials are included in this class! Walk in with nothing, walk out with a beautiful handmade journal and all the skills and information you need to make more! Class is led by Janet Nolin of ButterflyGrace Creations.
Hope to see you at one of the classes or upcoming shows!
Please keep the following sites bookmarked as they’re all updated at least weekly:
Well, I learned something today. You can't go two days in a row making chainmaille for five hour stretches. At least, not with dollar-store pliers. Let me tell you, my wrists are killing me! On the up side, I've got a bunch of jewelry that I'm in such love with, though... Wouldn't bother me terribly if nobody bought it and I could keep it for myself! Here's my new favourite item, the Aphrodite Earrings (click the picture to see the listing and the rest of my shop):
After a whining session on the etsy forums, I decided to invest in some new pliers. I don't want to end up with carpal tunnel, here. I just ordered these ergonomic ones from etsy user MailleEtc. I'll let you know how it goes!
I didn't like the flea-market look of my original etsy store, aephemera with the art AND crafts, so I made a separate one for the crafts! I've got my plarn and upcycled purses there, my chainmaille jewelry, and I'll be selling supplies too. Now aephemera is just for art, and ivyteakettle is just for bags and baubles. Check it out!
Last night was the Art Auction at the Queensbury Hotel to benefit the Adirondack/Saratoga Chapter of the Red Cross. They collected Windows and handed them out to local artists to decorate with the theme "Windows on the Adirondacks". I made one - pictures1234. They did a good job of advertising, a mass mailer, lots of posters and even went through the work of putting all the images up on their website.
However, the hors d'oeuvres were lacking, the drinks were expensive, and most importantly, the auction seemed to be mainly attended by the artists themselves, not necessarily patrons of the arts with fat wallets. Of course I love events where I can meet socially with my fellow artists, but the "starving artist" title isn't ironic - it's true.
No art went for more than $250, I believe, which is an insult to the artists - the time spent on some of these is worth thousands of dollars per window. There were windows sold for a dollar. There were a total of 112 windows, which makes for a very impressive show, but also for an excruciatingly long auction. The fee to even get in to the auction was $35, which is steep, in my opinion. I think that if it was lower, more people would have come to the auction and bid, and also that people attending would have been a little more excited to spend money if they hadn't already dropped a chunk of it at the door. The fact that the auctioneer didn't know much about art and had to practically beg people to bid was very nerve-wracking to me as an artist. The entire time, I was mortified that my painting was going to be insulted and then sold for a dollar.
To my relief, mine found a good home with Post Star photographer TJ Hooker. HUGE thanks, TJ! Here are the pictures TJ took for the Post Star.
I couldn't help but think that there must be more efficient fundraisers that aren't as frightening to artists. As is, art isn't the most thriving business - there is a very small percentage of the population who cares enough about art to make it to such events, and an even smaller percentage of that percentage that can afford to pay a fair price for artwork. The auction was impressive as an art show, but I feel badly that the Red Cross (and the artists donating their work) put so much work in for so little return.
Of course, with Glens Falls striving to cater to a more sophisticated and cultural audience, perhaps the next charity auction in this town will be better than the last few.
A few people on LiveJournal requested the plarn itself when I posted the tutorial, so I just wanted to put it out there that I've now got plarn for sale in my etsy shop! I've been working on some chainmaille jewelry too, so keep an eye on the shop for that.