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MASTERING SELF PROMOTION

The purpose of this blog is to give you, the artist,* the tools you need to  promote your work in a professional manner. I don’t presume to know all the answers, but I would like to share with you the information and resources I have been compiling along with occasional insights from my personal experiences. All the resources here are free. Some of the information you will find are the how and why of:

 

 

  • writing an artist bio, statement, resume and press release.
  • speaking about your work.
  • navigating many of the online social media options.
  • digital photography and videos.
  • tapestry finishing and presentation.
  • postcards, brochures, business cards and other printed promotional materials.
  • the business of selling: dealing with galleries, craft shows, pricing, selling online, commissions, writing contracts as well as packing and shipping locally and internationally.
  • the business of art: branding, forming a business, dealing with taxes and funding in the form of grants and crowd sourcing as well as time management.

You will find information on art theory, relevant books and online classes, residencies and other related links. You can use the comment area to ‘converse’ with others, sharing your experiences and posing questions. This is a long term project that I will slowly add to. I hope you will also be a part of the growth of this site. Please use comments to share your experiences: both what has worked and what has not worked for you.

Thank you,

Barbara Burns

*see Do you call yourself an artist?

Gallery of Tapestries

For some of us, pricing our work may be a harder task than actually creating it. It’s a topic of conversation where we tread lightly. Many don’t wish to say in dollars, euros, what have you, how we determine our …

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Writing your CV/Resume

Sharon Cameron

Janet Pearce

Just The Facts Ma’am

I was brought up on 1960’s television and as the youngest and only girl, I was outnumbered 2-1 by my two older brothers. That meant I had to suffer through many a …

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Where To Begin: First Steps

“Summer Love/Cowhead” Jennifer Galliott (2008), 24″ x 36″

When I first started applying to exhibits I needed an artist statement, artist bio and photos of my work.  I bought a book called Writing The Artist Statement: Revealing The True Spirit

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Photographing Your Work

 

Kathy Spoering, “Acadia Autumn”

One of the major reasons artwork is rejected from exhibitions is poor photography. Don’t let this happen to you.  A good photo is essential in promoting your work.  There are two options: do it yourself; …

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Links & Resources

 

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Artist Interviews Artist Services
Blogs Books
Exhibitions Grants

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Do You Call Yourself An Artist?

Barbara Burns weaving “Amandaconda.” Photo credit: Michael Wilson

According to the English Oxford Dictionary an artist is: a person who practices or performs any of the creative arts.

I didn’t call myself an artist for a long time. I would …

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