QUICK NOTE: Tim Holtz is doing his infamous "12 Tags of Christmas" again this year. It's always stunning to see how talented this man is - he's brilliant!
Onto the second part of yesterday's post. (Didn't know you'd get roped into a second part, did ya?)
Besides the things I brought up yesterday, I've had one other issue on my mind that's been driving me...erm...battier. This is the last time I'll bring this up - I think.
While thinking about all this stuff, it's crossed my mind that what I really enjoy, the part of art that really gets my hands moving, is making embellishments. Parts to go on bigger pieces. You know...polymer clay parts added to a canvas, jewelry box, or doll. Beads made of shrink plastic or acrylic sheeting. Handmade paper to be used on some larger piece.
Does anyone think this would be a viable business? For a long time, I've wanted to sell mixed media/altered art parts and pieces. What has stopped me is the plethora of other businesses already selling these things - and doing it pretty successfully. (I know because I spend every spare dime I have with them.) Every business has a little different offering and the prices vary slightly - but I feel like that realm is pretty well covered. I also don't want to compete with friends I've made - which is exactly what I'd be doing. There is enough room for everyone, but I just feel like that isn't the road for me right now.
There really isn't a place to buy "pre-made" embellishments - at least, that I know of. You can buy some things through different vendors - but there isn't really a place to get cute, handmade little things to add to your art. I'd like to offer those things - as well as offer customization. For example, I'd like to offer a selection of polymer clay embellishments. I would have a variety of colors available - and also have the option of offering custom colors, if desired.
After everything I've mentioned yesterday - about having a really hard time limiting myself to one or two mediums - and what I've told you today, what do you think? Am I totally off my rocker - should I just stick to creating masterpieces, as usual? (Hahaha) Or, should I follow my heart and set up shop, offering the embellishments I know artists can use? The things that artists away from creating their "big picture" - the details they have to stop and make in order to create their finished piece?
I'm really struggling with this. Someone told me not to post this on my blog - that this may give someone else the idea, and if I decide to go this route, I may lose money. I think the world is big enough for everyone - and I can't imagine trying to "corner" this market. It would be impossible. Even if I decide this is my path, I would still create my own art...but I've got to do something to bring in some money. Fact is, the monsters and I live well below the poverty line...and it's time I find something to fix that. I'm not looking to make millions - just enough to help with some bills. I don't want to stop creating...well, I can't. That isn't an option. If I didn't make art my soul would shrivel up and die. Not a nice thought, is it?
I'm begging for your input. Queens shouldn't beg - it's most unbecoming. I trust you guys and would love to hear your thoughts before I go jumping off on some tangent. I've learned this isn't always the best way to go about things. Don't ask me how, I'm not telling. Let's just say I know from personal experience. Let me have it...where do I go from here? Good idea...or not?