Precariously Perched is an art installation that was exhibited as part of graduating show for MFA at Concordia University.
In this installation I balance twisted strips of maps on tiny pins that stick out from the wall.
This installation is about balance and being delicate and fragile.
During the installation maps would fall to the ground. Viewers had to be cautious around the installation or more maps would fall.
The maps were installed to represent a horizon line or a long line of a meandering trail. I wanted viewers to walk by the piece and see that their movement would cause the strands of twisted maps to also move.
I would love to install this work on a larger scale with even more maps in the future!
“Trapped” is an art installation from 2016 that I completed during my MFA. In this installation I hand dyed and hand embroidered dishcloths and sewed together as a large quilt. I want the quilt to be seen as an aerial view of farmlands.
Above the quilt drapes a large sewn thread installation -made from white thread. The sewn piece is stitched on a dissolvable surface -that dissolves in water. The sewn structure mimics that shape of my hometown as viewed from a map and inside the shape are rows and rows of a basic symbol of a house shape.
Check out my online art shop now to see the new floral collection. Vintage floral designed doilies embedded in abaca paper pulp creating gorgeous textured paper. Artwork is inspired by spring flowers and vintage found doilies.
You can view this new collection on my website Click here!
I quadrupled my Pinterest views doing a few quick changes – here are my tips below! They are all very simple changes to make!
First of all it is important to think of Pinterest as a search engine not social media – people go on Pinterest to get inspired and look for particular things. What people are looking for a very specific items that pop up in their search based on key words used.
Tip1 – Use Key words
You need to use key words everywhere in titles, descriptions, board descriptions. The more key words the more chances of people finding your pin. You can also use hashtags on Pinterest that people search for. Do your research to plan what key words people might be searching for and that best describe your pin.
Tip 2- create high quality content
The first 5 pins you pin should be your own content and you should try to pin every day to attract more viewers and followers. You can pin from your website, blog, instagram and you can repurpose old content that was popular in the past. You can create new content using canva.com or choosing beautiful high quality images. Content that does well on Pinterest is DIYs, how to articles and tips and tricks.
Tip 3- pin to reflect your targetaudience
If you are an artist you should definitely have a board dedicated to your own artwork. You should also be thinking of what your ideal customer might be interested in and create boards to reflect that. For example does your ideal client have kids? Do they like home decor or cooking? You need to delete or hide pins that are irrelevant and delete pins where the link is broken. Keep your personal pins private as secret boards.
You can see my Pinterest profile here! to get more ideas! Follow me on Pinterest to see more helpful resources.
This quarantine for many, myself included has been difficult. It’s hard to lose income and not being able to see loved ones.
It’s so easy to realize all the things you took for granted before.
As an artist, this has been a good chance for me to reconnect with my creativity. I have been busy lately planning an online art class that I am currently teaching for a private school. I have used my spare time to take on creative projects which has helped me to take care of my mental health.
Here are some fun ways to get back to a creative process that might have been previously on hold:
Get involved in a creative challenge or start your own— searching on Pinterest for creative art challenges is a good way to get inspiration. You can start your own based on your art practice. For example, if you are a quilter you could plan on making a certain number of quilts in a timeframe or if you’re a painter- plan on painting a small 8″x10″ painting everyday. Challenges work as fun goals to complete but they also act as a piece of accountability. Creative challenges can also be a good way to create social media content by updating your audience on what you are working on. As a creative it can be good to work on a series and challenges can help you to develop your own artistic style.
Look at application deadlines as motivation— I love looking on websites like Akimbo -websites like this provide artists with deadlines of submission calls for exhibitions and awards. These deadlines, I find hold me accountable and I write them down in my agenda and apply when I have time. You can read more on my goal setting process in this post you can read the goals I made this year here
Reach out if someone wants a commission or make artwork for a friend or family member’s gift—This can be a good idea to make a little extra money or to have a project to work on. Sometimes, I find I just need a project to keep me busy. Making a gift for someone or a commission gives me a due date to stick to. You can read more about my commission process here!
Make a board on Pinterest for art inspiration or future project ideas— Pinterest is an amazing resource and I love pinning an idea that inspires me to try something similar with my own flair later on. Check out my Pinterest boards here!
Do you have any other ways to reconnect with your art practice? Let me know in the comments!
Due to COVID-19 it is unknown if this course will run at this start time. However I will run it in the future and encourage you to follow my Facebook page linked below to stay up to date.
These classes are for ages 8-14 to promote creativity, problem solving, planning and the development of art techniques in painting, drawing and sculpting. May 5- May 26, 2020
Classes will begin at around 3:15pm (after school)
3:15-3:45pm-arrive, eat a packed snack, sketch and plan with assistance from instructor what they wish to make for the day
3:45-4:15pm- group will choose 2 techniques taught by the instructor and have time to practice techniques creating a small instructor led project
4:15-4:45- with assistance from the instructor -they will access a variety of materials laid out to problem solve, create and invent what they have planned
This is an interest-based program in which art instruction and learning techniques will be based off what the group wants to do.
Each week kids will learn new art techniques and have the opportunity to explore painting, drawing and sculpting! Possible techniques could include- colour mixing with paint, how to paint/draw a portrait, how to paint/draw a landscape, how to sew or embroider, how to create texture with materials, how to sculpt with wire etc.
Every class there will be 3 stations (painting, drawing and sculpture) with new materials to explore each time. Kids will receive guidance from the instructor and plan and create what they wish and improve and develop their skills.
There are a lot of factors for pricing your art to consider. But at the end of the day the best advice I received from an old painting professor in university was “you need to price your art at a price you are happy to let it go with”
This statement from my professor completely changed how I see pricing my art.
I think in the age of the internet it is so easy for artists or any entrepreneurs to look and compare other people’s prices – but it shouldn’t and doesn’t matter!
Although it is easy to compare it shouldn’t be justified.
You need to think about your factors:
What is the cost for materials to make the art?
Do you include shipping, taxes, a free gift, custom wrapping, tracking id (all of these extras cost more $$$)
How much time did you spend on making the art?
Is it framed or not?
Do you have a history of sales- if you have a proven record of sales, a large fan base or are known in your region -you might be in demand and are able to charge more
Other things to consider
Additional fees -like website fees, studio rental, equipment fees like a camera, Photoshop, Lightroom etc.
Is this your full time job or a side hustle (if it is your full time job you consider paying yourself an hourly wage – not minimum- don’t short change your experience, skills, education and value you bring!)
At the end of the day it is your art you need to price it with what you are comfortable with. If you think it is priced too low then raise it! You have the ability to change your prices at any time!
Remember people don’t need to buy art so the price of it varies hugely – do not compare your prices to the prices of others. Remember what makes your art different is you, your style, your effort, your decisions, your story and the experience that you serve your customers.
You don’t want to undersell yourself – you can always lower your prices and discount or provide a sale but it is harder to drastically raise prices when you started to low in the first place.
Let me know how you price your art or what changes you want to make to your pricing?
As an artist I have been doing art commissions for friends, family and even people I don’t know that well for several years.
Creating a successful art commission can be a lengthy process but I have come up with a list of tips to create a faster and more positive process for both the artist and the client.
As a client getting a piece of art commissioned you need to:
communicate what you want – be clear and specific if you have a vision in mind
trust your gut-if you don’t feel comfortable with anything -then don’t go ahead with it
ask for a price estimate if it is not provided to you
figure out the size of the work you want
figure out where you will put that piece of art -this can help determine the dimensions and also the style or colours you like – It is helpful for the artist to see a photograph of your space and know what you like (everyone has their own unique design style)
send inspiration -whether it’s a photograph, colour swatches or a sample of fabric for the curtains that will hang next to the artwork – anything is helpful
make sure you have done your research- Do you like the artist’s work?
As an artist commissioning a piece of art you should:
Give a price estimate that is a range from low-high end (this estimate should include your price of materials and YOUR TIME based off the size of the work)
Give an estimated deadline of when the piece will be finished-make sure this is manageable
Update the client if you expect to be late, more money etc.
communicate clearly and ask questions if unsure
create a sketch or mock up during the consultation process
ask for photos of the work hanging in the client’s space for your portfolio
I am an artist based out of Waterloo Region, ON Canada- if you are interested in getting a piece of original art made and you are from the area feel free to reach out to me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward you a survey to fill out your thoughts on your artwork that you would like commissioned. I can work with you and your budget!
Again if you would like an artwork commissioned by me and you are from the Waterloo Region, ON Canada- feel free to reach out to me email@example.com