September 23, 2011

Another Gripe

So today I had a call from a certain gallery I stock with, (will not name but will delete from my stockists....) basically telling me that the reason why my work is not selling is that it is too expensive. What the......
They have had my work for a few months and have not really sold much in that time. Which is fine and I know that sometimes the work doesnt sell everywhere but giving me a reason of too expensive is outrageous. My collection of works have a range of jewellery items ranging from a retail price of $120. So that means I am selling my work for $60. How can that be too much, what IS TOO MUCH is their god damn commission.
I was told that they know my work is handmade but maybe there are different processes to making this work. WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!
Dont tell me how to make my work...Puuuuulllllease! who the hell do they think they are. Now I am not going to go on about what the work is they are talking about. Lets just say that it is definitely selling in other galleries around Australia.
I did defend the whole scenario by mentioning that its not just price, but display, location, selling skills and a whole mixed bag of things, not to mention this new global slump we are heading towards... I was met with a a defensive; 'oh we pride ourselves on our display' etc etc and we have talked to other people about pricing and there was even a bit of name dropping about fellow successful jewellers. I just couldn't be bothered with the whole conversation so I cut it short but I am kinda wishing that I had gone on a bit more about stuff.
I don't mind the fact that my stuff doesn't sell in certain shops, that's reality but I think its a bit rich telling me my work is too expensive. Especially when it is selling elsewhere, its made of precious metals, where prices have skyrocketed in the last 12months, and my work is hand fabricated.
Anyway that is my rant for now. A little more disillusioned about the whole gallery shop scene than before and definitely disillusioned about the people who run them. I am not sure that they realise that the person they are talking to is a struggling artist trying to make a living out of it and working part time at shitty jobs to make ends meet.
Its not easy being an artist but this is my chosen path with which I will continue to pursue. I just think that sometimes we all need to know what is going on to be able to change things. Especially where things have been taken advantage of. Just a little food for thought......

September 17, 2011

Fungi and Moss

This small garden fork is covered with fake moss with silver fungi growing from it.

September 8, 2011

What..No Fungi......

Yes I know its true... In this up and coming ( all too soon) garden show I am in, I have made some pieces that are not about fungi. Dont worry there is still some fungi pieces too.
This particular piece has flowers which are made from copper and just heat treated. Some fallen petals lay by the wayside.