PR or showing off?

trying to shout 'look at me' quietly isn't going to work is it. coming a close second to the tricky job of pricing work is the task of promoting myself. one way i do this is through  juried exhibitions and competitions and i spend a lot of time filling out applications and sending images etc.  you do need a rhinoceros hide to cope with the occassional disappointment, but the chance to be in an important show with great exposure is worth the risk. at the moment I have 2 applications pending........


using social media to promote my work is essential i reckon and i have an active facebook page  twitter and instagram accounts (@nancynibs). i use them all as a gallery window and it's a great way to get instant feedback. a blizzard of 'likes' can be a wonderful boost, but a 'tumbleweed' lack of response could easily knock me off course when i'm trying out something new. i have to remember to take it all with a pinch of salt and that it's probably best not to let social media determine what i make!  


i'm a member of a couple of organisations which helps when it comes to spreading the word the guild of glass engravers and contemporary applied arts. the arts & crafts design award is something i've not done before. you can apply to be nominated, so i did! here's my page . 


so it's all got to be done and there is a delicate balance to be struck between showing off and simply showing. i hope i'm on the right side of that, but one thing is certain ...'shy bairns get nowt!'

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  • #1

    Quatt Village Hall (Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:11)

    Your work is very beautiful and totally get the positive promotion and the look at me ! quandary, we have that even as a little village hall :-) but people need to see impressive pieces and as you say more will via these mediums, we are glad Jackie Cooley shared or we wouldn't have seen your work x

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    Jane Russ (Thursday, 28 August 2014 08:55)

    Using social media is a good thing, particularly if you work abroad as you do. We hate to say we're good, being a creative is more about saying "no, really, it's nothing special. I'm pleased with the bottom left hand corner but the rest is only OK".
    Putting it out there to the world in general is good but there's nothing better than exhibiting in quality spaces so keep going on both fronts.
    Love your work...did I say that?

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