- Business of Crafts Weekend Workshop
- 11/14/08 - 11/15/08
- Artworks - Edmonds
Most artists and craftspeople dream of making a living with their art. Some simply don’t know where to start and others start selling their work on a small scale, but then have no idea how to take it to the next step. In either case, a weekend workshop is coming to Edmonds soon, tailored to fit the specific needs of this unique market. Taught by OlympiaEdmonds, the workshop gives a leg up to any artist ready to take their business to the next level. It will be held at ArtWorks in Edmonds, March 14 and 15, 2009. artist Pam Corwin, artist and owner of Paper Scissors Rock, and Manya Vee, jewelry designer and owner of Manya Vee Selects in Edmonds, the workshop gives a leg up to any artist ready to take their business to the next level. It will be held at ArtWorks in Edmonds, March 14 and 15, 2009.
The weekend seminar includes classes on selling craftworks in retail settings as well as through wholesale outlets. Pricing and marketing tips will be addressed, as well as some great ideas on how to make a display stand out in the middle of a crowded crafts show. There will be an opportunity to hear the stories of other artists who earn their living through selling their art and learn from their experience. There will even be a panel of art gallery owners who will share their tips, insights and knowledge.
One of the most valuable parts of the weekend is the opportunity for each artist to get individual consultations from Corwin, and Manya Vee as well as the guest artists and retailers. This includes tips on how to price things, marketing, packaging, developing a cohesive line and where the best targets markets lie. All this from experts who are in that area of business already and are there to offer feedback and encouragement.
Corwin and Manya Vee met many years ago at a show - Corwin selling her clocks and Manya Vee selling her jewelry. Both businesses grew over the years and the two stayed in touch sporadically. Schilperoort opened her gallery of contemporary fine art and craft in 2000, which is highly successful. Corwin’s business grew to a national scale and is now available in over 300 stores. By coincidence, both started teaching about the business of crafts independently. Now, both are successful and business savvy, they are joining forces to create a workshop to help other artists travel the road they traveled - but without as many bumps. As they both say, it's everything we wish we'd known when just starting out so many years ago.
To register for this weekend seminar, and to take advantage of an early bird price break that ends February 1st, Registration deadline, Feb 15th. www.businessofcrafts.com
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