Thursday, March 26, 2009

we're moving!

C. and I just signed a rental lease for an apartment in Oakland. We're so excited! It's a beautiful 1920's two bedroom unit with a huge kitchen, a few blocks away from Lake Merritt and just a stone's throw away from all kinds of cool things: the newly renovated Fox Theater, Chinatown, a pub that serves Trappist Belgian beers on tap, a diner that serves (among other delicacies) vegan pulled pork and milkshakes made with fresh blueberries, and yes. We're fairly pleased.

Anyway, that's way I've been kind of absent lately, and why I'll continue to be absent for a while longer.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Help me overhaul my shop!

So, now that the rain seems to have cleared out for good and daylight savings time has wreaked havoc on my groggy, sleep-deprived brain, I think we can safely say spring has arrived. I'm planning on adding a flurry of new items to my shop. However, in the past I've always felt kind of frazzled about big overhauls and tend to second-guess myself a lot. Should I take that papercut down or shouldn't I? Should I reshoot photos of that cuff or not?

This year, I thought I'd run my basic ideas for spring cleaning by you guys. What's a good idea? What's not?

1. Which pieces, if any, should I take down from my shop?

2. Would you be interested in a section dedicated to a new line of "printable goods"? (I was thinking of offering DIY coloring cards/booklets featuring my original artwork, stationary sets, greeting cards, etc.)

3. Should I offer custom portraits/silhouettes/papercuts? I did two portraits for friends, incorporating the more surreal elements of my papercuts and silhouettes, and they said they thought this sort of thing would be a good addition to the shop. Dunce that I am, I forgot to take pictures of the portraits. But here are a few pieces that exemplify the style:

Pros: It would give me a chance to work one-on-one with Etsy shoppers and maybe expand my portfolio.

Cons: Very time-consuming - portraits wouldn't be available on a short deadline due to my own schedule, and because of the extra time spent brainstorming I might have to charge more - and possibly just too complicated. Plus it doesn't seem like there's high demand.

4. Your suggestions/questions!