|All of the scarves I have produced so far, assembled on a drying rack in my studio|
The last few weeks have been rather busy since our move. Our house is more or less unpacked, though we have some odd pieces of furniture on which we are waiting (either to pick up from various places, or to purchase and pick up). This month, I have been doing some work as an independent contractor for the college museum, as well, which has been a lot of fun. As an undergrad, I spent a lot of time there, as a student and as an intern, so it is wonderful to be back. In addition to unpacking and some outside work, I have been trying to make use of my lovely studio.
I think I promised photos of the studio, but those I have not yet taken. It seems the studio is always either a mess or it's late in the evening (and thus the lighting wouldn't be very good), whenever I think of it. I still haven't taken pictures of the house to send to our friends, either. Eventually, I'll get to it, I really will.
If you missed the news, I launched Atölye Metiista's shop back on 1 August. So far, there have been a reasonable number of views, over 150 last I checked, and certainly better than expected for this time. I also have been re-evaluating my pricing strategy. It's much more difficult than most people realize: factoring in the cost of materials, trying to figure out a price-per-hour of production that you aren't underselling yourself, doubling that to make it possible to sell wholesale in the future--should you so desire, AND trying to keep it low enough that not everyone will scoff at your pricing. It's hard: most people don't spend much on accessories like scarves, yet they will spend a higher price on a painting. If they think of my scarves purely as scarves, then the price seems insane. BUT, if you think of them as paintings, well, for original paintings of the same dimensions as my scarves would easily run at my prices or higher. That's not considering that they are also sewn by hand. Put all of that together, and it makes for expensive products. I do plan to make work that runs in lower price points, however, and I think that should round out my shop nicely. If I can find a better approach for my prints and cards, then I can offer those at better price points, as well. All things on which I must work.
|Persian Bird and Flowers small handpainted box|
Currently, I'm working on developing a line of housewares and accessories--small decorative objects. I have completed a small box and a hand mirror, and am currently working on a glasses case. Not sure yet how it will turn out, but I'm hopeful. The materials are often vintage or found objects at the start and I'm giving them new life by making them more interesting and new again. You can specifically visit this shop section here.
Right now, I'm experimenting with my product photography in the studio. Yesterday, I spent a few hours setting up and taking new photos of all of my work--already posted and new work alike. Sadly, the photos are terrible. As you see, above, the photos aren't great. It didn't help that by the time I really got a chance to get working on them, it was after dark. Thus, I was 100% relying on artificial lighting. Suffice to say that the use of my light table (that serves as my primary lighting in the studio) and a desk lamp simply didn't do the trick. I also should really get a tripod. I know better than to try to take good pictures without one, but I just don't have one of my own. Yet another thing to add to the list of "Things I Need For the Studio"...