I met Nancy today for tea at the Central House in Salem. Nancy makes all that great lampwork bead jewelry.
We got to be friends when we started doing some shows together. She almost sold out of her earrings at the exhibit in the Pig Barn last October.
Today we had an agenda with our tea and cappuccino, we were there to talk business. Nancy’s been working on selling her earrings wholesale and I’ve been looking into getting some advertising on my website.
But we also wanted to do something together that would connect us and a few other artists as a community. A way for us all to help each other and share our on-line traffic, or allow it to travel from one site to another. The blog roll helps to do that, but we wanted something more personal, more interactive, more fun.
So we came up with the idea for 5 or 6 artists to have a once a month give-a-way. So, one month I would give away a couple of potholders and the next month Nancy would give away a pair of earrings etc. On the day of the give-a-way, each of the five artists would publish it on their blog. Then if you wanted a chance to win you could go to the artist’s blog who is giving a piece away and post a comment to enter the contest. This way, it’s not just happening on my blog or Nancy’s blog, but on all the artists blogs who are a part of the give-a-way community.
Who knows, we may even be able to have on-line exhibits the same way. (I just thought of that idea, could be a good one?)
So besides having a good cup of tea and homemade muffin and good conversation, I think Nancy and I came up with a good idea. I’m waiting to hear from the other artists as I write this (although one has already agreed, that would be my sweet husband Jon), and as soon as I know more, I’ll be sure to let tell you all about it.