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!'