bunnyelfenlied asked: Do you/ can you live from your art/the stuff you sell on the internet?
This is a tricky question and really depends on a lot of variables!
Personally, I have always done at least 3 jobs at once for my income. When I was having a lot of trouble finding a job, I had my shop open, I was working odd jobs as a pattern maker and machinist, and also altering and repairing clothes. Now I have my shop open, work shifts at a mall near where my parents live, and work for a few fashion designers as a pattern maker, manual grader and machinist. I’ve just recently moved out for the first time and my income from these jobs are enough for me to live on. I definitely couldn’t live off my shops alone at the moment.
Last year when I was doing quite well and very focused on my shop I was making about $120 AUD a week. Which isn’t a lot, definitely not enough to live on, but what can you expect from selling $3 patches, haha. However, combined with all my other endeavors at the time and my super saving skills, I was financially independent and managed to save enough money to move out. (P.S. thanks to all you lovely people who made that possible with your support <3 <3)
I hope to get re-focused on my shops and my art soon, it’s taken a back seat again as I’ve been working on a huge rush pattern making job with a designer who’s just about to launch her label (very excited for this, the runway is Thursday night!) My plans are to re-assess a lot of my designs, maybe get rid of a few, make some more zines, and to slowly bring my own clothing and accessories into the mix. I already make clothes for myself here and there, so initially I’ll just be listing one or two of a single design available to be custom made. I’m still not 100% sure if I want to get into the fashion industry at a ready to wear level, as I much enjoy textile art and wearable fashion… we’ll just see where that goes.
There are other sellers out there who make bigger/more expensive items and they live off their shops easy - but it always takes a long time to get to that stage. You can’t open an etsy store and expect to be making $100 a week in a month from that. The hardest part is really promoting and advertising your shop and products, especially if you don’t have the money to pay for that in the first place, but it’s do-able. Also, understanding what your “target market”/audience wants in relation to what you want to create is a big thing. How much of your own interests and ideas are you willing to sacrifice in order to make more popular items to increase your income?
The few designs and artworks of mine that have been popular (mostly through tumblr reblogs) I haven’t been able to pick. I really didn’t think that any of my work would get much attention, I was just trying to save enough $$ to move out. Running online shops takes a lot of time and effort, so in many ways having a “regular” job, say in retail, is a lot easier and will get you more money waaaaay faster. But if you’re really committed to it, you’re willing to roll with the punches, you accept the fact that people are probably going to rip off your designs if you do well, etc then it can be worth the effort.
There are a lot of good blog posts I’ve seen about starting up your own online shop, unfortunately I can’t remember many of the authors - but google should help out there. Also when you sign up for a shop with etsy you get a newsletter emailed to you regularly with a lot of tips for running your shops, increasing exposure and maximising profits. They also have a lot of interviews with other sellers that are doing really well, so you can read about the different ways each shop owner goes about their business and see if it will apply to your shop as well.
Haha, sorry that was a long reply. :P
Anonymous asked: how would you feel about white people wearing your art that has poc on them?
I figure you’re referring to the commissioned artwork I did for Misogynistshaming.tumblr.com to use for a T-Shirt and sticker design. This would be a much better question to ask her, as the concept/design is completely her own (she made all specifications and I just drew it for her), and she is the one getting the items made and selling them.
I recommend people check out her blog cos she’s awesome and her blog is really great. :)
Anonymous asked: I just got my patches in from your store, thank you so much! I love them.
You’re very welcome! I’m so glad that you like them, thanks for supporting my work! :3 <3
The zine contains all artworks shown at my recent exhibition, including pages from my diary at the time and the photos of my progress on the final pieces. 20 pages, full colour, with a peach coloured card cover and hand bound with embroidery floss. Only 100 copies of this zine were made, all are signed and numbered.
Most patches are now restocked on my etsy store and processing/shipping times are back to normal. I’ve also added some new badges, patches and a beanie. Thanks for being so patient with me. <3
Available in black, hot pink and purple.
Having a sale from now til Monday 17th! 20% off all signed and numbered art prints, just enter the code ‘loveyou’ at the checkout! Only on my storenvy shop. Happy Valentines!
Still haven’t finished unpacking so I had to make a little work-nest on the floor, haha. Only 15 more orders to complete and send off (most of those are the recent ones)! Pretty proud of myself to be able to knock over 83 orders in two days… after this morning it’s right on to pattern making for a new job!
Uhhh, I really would like a day off to have a bubble bath and garden a bit, oh well, haha. Hopefully after this month I’ll be able to slow down a bit. Hope you’re all doing well! <3
I have 31 orders packaged up and ready to go out this morning, and I’ll be working on the other 50-something today. All should be in the mail by Tuesday morning at the absolute latest!
I’ve just started work with a fashion designer who’s getting ready to launch her label, so I’m going to be really busy this month. I’d like to get the shop replenished and add some new items - it may take me a couple of weeks though.
The exhibition opening was lots of fun - thanks so much to everyone who came! I didn’t take any photos on the night, I was just so wrecked! I’ve had a very intense couple months, haha. I’ll be back in Wollongong for a couple of days at the end of the week for work so I might pop my head into the gallery and take a few photos of the set up.
I’ll be listing the exclusive items I made for the opening night on etsy and storenvy hopefully very soon - keep yer eyez peeled. :)
Woo! Warriors zine is finished and I’m printing copies for the exhibition tomorrow. All are limited edition, signed & numbered. Should I put up a pre-order on etsy for those who can’t make it to the show?
- ohlookdaveshere said: Woohoo! Congratulations on your exhibition! Exciting stuff :)
Thanks lovely! Libby and I are very excited for the Opening tomorrow night - I’ll be sure to take lots of photos for you all! <3
Libby and I set up the exhibition yesterday (took waaaaay longer than expected, but its done now, phew!). I’ve just finished the program and now I’m working on the artwork labels. I’ll be finishing my zine today and printing out a bunch of copies and signed prints of the artworks. Hopefully I can find the hand drawn patches I was working on for the opening night as well… the move has made a lot of this difficult. :S
I’m very excited for the opening night, this is the first exhibition I’ve done where my goal wasn’t to make money, so barely anything is for sale and I’m not making it super, super, rip-myself-off cheap. It’s kinda nice, haha.
I’m nervous about opening my online shop again and getting to work on orders. I’ve got 70+ waiting for me! I’ll be jumping into it head first on Sunday 9th and will probably have to do a few batch runs to the post office because I don’t think I can manage it all at once! haha.
Thanks for all your support while I’ve been ‘away’ - I’ll have lots of things to share and new products to put up towards the end of February! Hope you’re all well! <3