This weekend if you are in Montreal I will be at a craft fair at La Tour Prisme selling postcards and prints of my photography. Come by and say hi, there will be plenty of local artists selling all types of goodies just in time for the holidays. Plus I may just bake some cupcakes if I get the time. It’s my first time having a table at a craft fair so I am very excited and I love going to these types of events and will be probably picking up lots of cute stuff for myself from the other artists (or hint at Victor about Christmas presents). If you aren’t from Montreal and are interested in seeing my postcards or photography prints I also just started running a store over at Storenvy. I don’t have many prints up currently but there are plenty of postcards to choose from. Victor was amazing and helped me design the backs. I am in love with them. It’s really just a chill way for me to spread my work to a broader audience and currently I have all prints on sale as they are older photos from my portfolio. Below are some examples on what you can find…
I am so happy to announce that today is the grand opening of my store front on Storenvy. Just starting out with postcards but want a place to sell my photography prints and craft projects so there will be plenty of things added in the future. It will be a casual place for me to sell the occasional thing if people are interested but currently as I have so many projects in the air and still work full time and run the blog it is really just a casual experiment. So go check it out if you like postcards, and if you buy anything this month it will be gift wrapped for free by me. :)
Pick of the Week: Society6
Society6 is a store front where you can buy high quality giclée prints and other items like tote bags, mugs, t-shirts, and phone case from artists around the world. I have ordered from Society6 twice before and since I often link to Society6 artists pages in my featured artist posts on Saturdays and will be recommending prints from there on my Christmas picks starting next week I thought I’d share my experience with them. First off though I’d like to mention that this will only be a review of their prints as I’ve never bought any of the other items and will likely not do so in the upcoming future.
The giclée prints are definitely high quality and look amazing whether it’s a smaller print or a larger print. The price does depend on the artist however I find the prints across the board are very reasonably priced and since the store often runs a free shipping deal usually once a month it helps with the cost (they actually just finished one this weekend). They also take care when shipping to make sure the prints arrive without any damage, that means smaller prints are shipped with a cardboard square on both sides of the print and for large prints they ship them in a cardboard tube. I’ve never received any damaged prints although you will have to take the time to flatten out the prints if you received them in the tube. My experience with their customer service department was very good as well. The first order I ever got from them I actually noticed imperfections that looked like printing errors in my two large prints and notified customer service. Without any hesitation they notify me that they were sending 2 replacements for the prints in questions at no charge and didn’t requiring me to return the default prints. Although I will mention their contact form is not the easiest to fill out.
closer look at the details of the print:
It’s very hard to find good artists through their community as the same artists are always featured and even after relooking months later you end up seeing pretty much the same artwork as before. Another minor disappointment is they ship with DHL which is terrible for Canadians because the brokerage price for shipping is very high ($10 consistently regardless of how much you purchased). The second and probably the one that bothers me the most is the 1 inch board…it’s awful. Now I understand the store is aimed at international customers as well as North Americans so the ability to trim down the print to fit a frame is great but…I don’t want to have to do this. It should be a choice. None of the prints will fit any standard frame, in fact some of them are just plain bizarrely sized even if you remove the 1 inch board and when buying you have to remember that they never tell the true size of the actual print as all prints sizes are calculated with the board in mind meaning the print is 2 inches shorter in height and width.
The marketplace is not catered but rather generic to satisfy the broadest range of artist’s work as possible. There is no moderation it seems to artists that created their mini stores on the marketplace. Meaning there is no standard sizes it seems between artist and the work itself is not inspected for quality control. As I mention earlier about receiving 2 prints that had printing flaws in them, well after I received the 2nd set of prints with the same errors I look at the original image on the artist’s page and realized that these error were in fact in the image the artist uploaded to Society6 and happened prior to Society6 even printing it off. It was very disheartening to me that now I have to inspect images very carefully before ordering to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen again. This seems like something Society6 should have hired employees to do so their customers can enjoy a carefree buying experience of knowing the quality is the same across the marketplace. All in all though these negatives would not persuaded me to stop using Society6 as my main way of buying prints but merely make me more willing to purchase prints in alternative ways if available by that specific artist.
Candy Gears is an Etsy store run by artist Redd Walitzki from Seattle showcasing her original paintings, giclée prints, laser cut creations, miniature hats and accessories. Her store is so delightful, I have really fallen in love with her art after accidentally coming upon her store. There was a few prints that really caught my attention, her work is so vivid and really detailed. I had to buy for my office space to brighten up the walls. I bought these two separate prints (photos below of the details) for a very reasonable price and got them very quickly. They were very well protected for shipping and she included a lot of elements beyond the giclee prints with her package. You can tell she takes special care in her orders. The laser cut print looks even more wonderful in person, I cannot wait to try different backing then just white. I haven`t gotten them framed yet, as I am moving soon but I will show you once I do.
For more informaiton about Redd Walitzki art check out: Candy Gears
The below items are her business card and a note she wrote thanking me for the purchase. Plus she gave me and extra mini print. When you order items from Etsy its pretty standard to get a note (which I always love) but a free print! That made my day, its so amazing. Her artwork is pretty breath taking.
My favourite items from Candy Gears:
Danny Brito is an artist in Florida who in his own words “draws cute things”. And that’s exactly what he does. I had to have these little compact mirrors, not so much for the mirror but for the whimsical design on them. His shop is filled with wonderful little items and prints of his illustrations. I find everything very charming. As a collector of postcard I really wish he had some because his art is perfect for it but not everybody loves postcards like me (sad but true). The mirrors are greats, but as I’m not really into make-up, I am thinking of converting them into being a pin so I can wear them instead.
You can check out his blog: here
And now for my favourite items!