If you haven’t noticed, I’ve begun adding products to my online shop. I’m hand-painting wooden brooches as mini art pieces that you can wear. I talk a bit about what’s going on behind the scenes and how I am coping.
There’s a LOT to unpack here. It isn’t a structured conversation. But I really had to get it out to get started. I’m going to share everything subsequently – if you have questions, please ask and I will talk about that in the next episode of the podcast.
This is the first time I’m working on an actual physical product that is on my online shop. That I hand-paint and pack and ship. It’s quite mad and fun and it has been a journey of learning. Happy to share my learnings. So many people have sent entirely unsolicited messages with help, offering advice, their own learnings and I could not be more grateful.
I took a leap of faith and I think it worked. Things change of course, so this is not an indication of the future but it IS extremely encouraging.
Should have done this at least five years ago or maybe even earlier. But I guess it wasn’t time. And now it is. And so, here I am. If you have been thinking about setting up your own online store or selling your own art, do not wait anymore. Do it. Ask me if you need help with anything. We can talk about it publicly and learn from everyone else. I’ll try to document it on the blog so that it doesn’t disappear like it does from any of the social media networks.
My brooches can be seen and shopped here. Introductory prices right now. Limited edition series. Each piece is a unique edition – it’s a mini painting! I also have slightly larger 4 inch pieces that you can get framed or pop them on the door of your refrigerator as a magnet. All brooches are magnetic. No pins to destroy your garments.
I wanted to do brooches because I love wearing brooches myself. Then I found the perfect mentor in Kanika over at SayItWithAPin and I got the wooden base and magnets sorted and then I was OFF! I primarily wanted to do these to build up to my solo art collection exhibition – my first ever. I’m painting large circular canvases, so it made sense to do circular brooches. While the brooches aren’t exactly like the large canvases, in terms of the art that’s painted on them, they are QUITE close. The large canvases will only be revealed at the time of the exhibition. Which is another reason there isn’t a lot happening with me on social media these days. Busy busy busy!