NEW PAPERCUT ARTWORK COMING SOON
It has been a fun week here at the studio, aka the extra bedroom/office. I’ve been finalizing up some Christmas orders for artwork, and I decided it was time to reopen my Etsy shop. I closed it while traveling earlier this year for obvious reasons, but I’m ready to start that bad boy up again. I’ve been cutting up a storm the last couple of months, busting out some commissions and just trying to increase my artwork inventory. I focused on smaller pieces so I could complete more in a shorter period of time. Plus they are easier to photograph and store.
Which brings me to my next point, photographing my artwork. Choosing how to accurately represent my work is always a tough decision for me with so many possibilities swirling around in my head. I want it to feel like the pieces fit into my overall personal style and aesthetic, which is constantly morphing and changing. I also need the space and gear to take nice photos. The apartment, with its beige walls, doesn’t lend itself to great photography. Since I’m not allowed to paint the walls per the lease agreement, my solution to the wall color was to paint the walls. Rules are made to be broken. I just couldn’t deal with that color in my photos, so I painted a large square on an open wall in Repose Gray. I also have City Loft (one of my favorite paint colors) to use if I get tired of the gray. After all of the photos are taken, I will paint it back to the original Kilim Beige. Genius, if I do say so myself.
After the paint dried, I mounted a raw wood shelf and brass brackets and now I have a nice neat shelf to place my artwork. Sounds easy but this was after many trips to many stores, and lots of sketching and brainstorming. Working the camera, figuring out the lighting, and setting up the shot was also a headache. I’m not good at any of these things so I did the best I could and rolled with it. Do I compare my finished photos to the perfectly styled and photographed shots I see online? Of course, but overall I think they turned out fine and I’m happy with my little makeshift setup.
Now that most of my art pieces are shot and edited, I will spend some time this weekend getting them all listed on Etsy. Along with updating all of my social media accounts and websites, which can take forever. Just when you think you are done, you remember Linkedin! Just another day in the life, but I’m excited to share my shiny new artwork with everyone. I hope they all find a home on a lovely kind person’s wall.
I’ll send out an update when the artwork is available for purchase, but in the meantime don’t forget to message me your custom Christmas gift orders. Time is a ticking.