I am learning that being an artist is time-consuming. Creating the art itself does take time (in my case a very long time), but there are also many other things that must be dealt with such as photography, presentation, & marketing – just to name a few!

One thing that has been on my to-do list for awhile finally must get done. I have to create a portfolio of my beadwork for presentation at an upcoming show. The show will be a joint exhibit with another bead artist, and it will take place at Bead + Fiber Gallery in September/October. My portfolio doesn’t need to be complete until the end of August but I will be in Italy during the latter part of that month, so I want to get it done now. This is not a requirement, but I feel that a portfolio will encourage interested viewers to learn more about me & my bead paintings.

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The last time I was at Utrecht in Boston, I picked up 2 Itoya Art Profolios. One measures 8.5″ x 11″, and the other is a 5″x 7″. These portfolios look professional, and they hold quite a few pages! The large one will be left at the show, and the small one will be a mini version which I can take with me and show elsewhere. I’m going to print out photos of my works, as well as my artist bio/ resume, etc… I will also include statements about pieces that will be in the show, as well as a price list. I think I will also get a photo marker & hand-write the titles of the pieces on the photos for a personal touch. Have any of you ever created a portfolio such as this? Is there anything that I am forgetting?

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I started working on this last night, but didn’t get very far because my printer is having issues and it is running out of ink. So, today, I’m going to copy my digital files onto a portable USB Flash drive and try to print photos out at a Kodak Picture Maker Kiosk. I am interested to see how they turn out!

9 thoughts on “>Beadfolio

  1. >Working on a portfolio is a lot of work! I remember Blake needing to do his in college and it is time consuming! You will be grateful once it is completed and then you can just update it. Glad you are getting it out of the way before your trip! Italy sounds delightful!!!

  2. >I was just reading your blog and checking out your shop. Holy cow! I cannot believe the things you make. They are just unreal! You need to get them seen in galleries and such. My recent foray into beading on a bag took me two very frustrating hours. I would never have the patience for what you do.

  3. >I like your idea of putting photos on a flash drive and using someone else's ink – I'm going to try that in preparation for portfolio this fall.

  4. >Yea, Barbara's idea is a good one, but I don't know if I have time for that. I already have like 5 email addresses! Wish I could afford to hire someone to help me with all that needs to be done so that I could just create!!

  5. >I agree that being an artist is a busy occupation. There is indeed so much to do!Barbara's suggestion about testing the different marketing channels with different email addresses is a good one!

  6. >Thanks for the suggestions! I have some art postcards listed on CafePress. I will have to order some of those. I also have to order some more MOO cards. I have found that most people enjoy those!

  7. >While business cards are easier to store, art postcards are more likely to be kept — and displayed at someone's desk, etc.As a test of which venue works best for you, you could create email accounts specific to the marketing method (i.e. thelonebeaderAP@ISP gets printed on the art postcards, thelonebeaderBC on business cards, thelonebeaderSE on printed matter for shows or exhibits, etc.) Then you can determine your strongest marketing channel.*blink blink* That was a book 🙂

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