So, with the help of my long-suffering girlfriend Genny, I’ve relaunched my Etsy shop!
I’ve had the shop since Artificial Womb started in 2015, but lately I’ve neglected it a bit. None of my paintings were on there and the zine listings hadn’t been updated in a while. We also needed somewhere to sell The Queer Dot zines online, so it seemed sensible to put them there.
It’s been a little bit hard for me to get back into the mindset of trying to sell paintings and stuff. During my masters I felt like I was pouring my soul into my work, but I didn’t think anyone would be interested in buying it. I also painted a lot on very large pieces of wood – which was fine for the end-of-course exhibition, but not the most practical for people’s living rooms.
The Circle Academy business course and a couple experiences lately, like volunteering in the Dundee Design Project (DDP) shop, have reminded me that to sell stuff I need to actually make it easy for people to buy. Seems obvious, but it’s easy to get caught up in your own head. One of the things I’m thinking about too is whether to take over as shop manager for DDP. Having an art shop has been a sort of back-burner ambition of mine for a long time. It’s just about sorting out the practicalities. Seeing how the Etsy shop does over the next few months will help me with feasibility planning and such like. It’s all a bit scary, but nothing I can’t handle. Here’s to 2020!
Visit the shop at: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ArtificialWomb
Words: Ana Hine
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