Thanks for some good comments on my previous post, and plug away Lizzie, it's great with help when starting on something new, and this is why sharing works.....
I used to bring framed works to fairs and markets, but after a while I abandoned it altogether, why?
* To heavy
* frames got damaged
* it was NEVER the right frame anyway ;o)
and the most compelling reason of all, for me,
*I am an artist, not a framer, and I spent quite a bit of time talking about the darn frames..... hmmm, that's not what I am there to talk about, so now I have an info sheet (that I found on the net) about framing, that let's me get on talking about printmaking!
Prints I bring now, are all on nice backing, in a cellophane sleeve or for bigger pieces wrapped in plastic, I have a sticker, that says "original print by Mariann Johansen-Ellis" , I have a small flier
telling people about me and what an etching/linocut is, and I also have a pricetag, all my work is priced on the back of the print. I like that people can see straight away that a small print is not expensive, and I would much rather their first contact with me is about the art, rather than about the money.
Yes, this does mean I spend quite a bit on packaging, but really, life is about good packaging :o)
Doing it like this, means that my prints flatpack, so I can bring more, they look good in a stand, they are easy to display, and people can take them home and put them on the mantel piece for a while, they don't have to get framed that minute to be looked at, and they pack nicely as a present...... all good reasons.
I say, "-so I can bring more" - why? Simple, I find that a good selection encourages sales, too little and it's not interesting enough, and too much, and it gets boring, I also try to organise my work a bit, like in an etsy shop, so people can "find what they are looking for" easier.
Now..... i am going to go to the studio and get my daily fix of printing, am working on a new lino, and it's a tricky boy...... he has to be cajoled along..... so I'd better get out there and tickle him under the chin! Take care, and keep those comments coming!