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  • ben_2_go
    Oct 11, 2013
      Thanks Kathlean Wolf.That's a good way to look at it.It wouldn't be hard to do that,add tags that is.I do have a few people with small retail shops.I will be keeping those ideas in mind.The weather is starting to turn here,so I'll be doing indoor work along with my daily physical therapy.Hopefully I'll have some work done by turkey day.


      ---In knottyers@yahoogroups.com, <leafinthesunlight@...> wrote:

      I would say go for it with the supplies you have, see how well it works before you invest more--the great thing about tying is that it is worthwhile in and of itself, so if you make a lot of product because you LOVE it, you've lost nothing, really.  Consignment in friends' shops means very little risk to you. 

      One suggestion on "marketing" is to put a tiny tag folded with your "story" on it.  Something along the lines of "The art of decorative knotwork has a history almost as ancient as humankind ... blah blah blah ... this knot was originally developed (on Whaling schooners in the 1700's, by weavers in Mesopotamia, by butchers in Germany, etc.,) ... this unique piece was crafted by Ben Knotyer, a disabled local artist ...."  It's like an extra gift to some people, to know that history and your story. 

      Another weird way to sell things in art-fairs that have a high attendance by hippie-types is to put a "suggested price" on the item.  "Knotwork pieces are labeled with the number of hours spent on their creation.  Please pay the artist what you feel his time and skill is worth."  Try it once--see what happens, I doubt you'd get less than $5 per hour but you also might get much, much more out of the occasional ethics-driven, well-moneyed soul. 

      If you want to try out Turksheads, which are great napkin-holders and great for putting around the heads of walking-sticks, let me know.  I have a graphic you can tape onto a cardboard tube that basically just tells you how to weave the thing--for me, it was a bit easier than interpretting someone's video tutorial.  However, there are some GREAT tutorials on knotheadsworldwide.net when you want to get into more intricate knots. 

      Crafts are always a hard sell.  Many times, people walk by and say, "I could make that myself!" (not that they do).  The more complex the knot, however, the more people will marvel, and the faster and neater your work, the more potential to see a bit of income from it--but I wouldn't sink hopes into it, because crafters rarely get much farther than breaking even.  The feedback is the thing ... people loving your stuff enough to buy it, THAT is a wonderful feeling! 

      Good luck and HAVE FUN! 

      From: "ben2go@..." <ben2go@...>
      To: knottyers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, September 29, 2013 10:43 PM
      Subject: [KnotTyers] Disabled Tyer

      I am a beginner at tying.I've done some simple braids and weaves to make lanyards,bracelets,and necklaces.I would like to use my new found hobby to help make ends meet since my SSD doesn't cover the bills.I would also like to push into more advanced tying.I am not sure where to start with this and how to make a little money doing it.I missed a couple local events that would have been place to show and sell.I have a couple friends that have small arts and crafts type stores.A few friends have small second hand shops.I can also put together a website featuring my work or even advertise on sites like ebay.I just don't know what direction to go in next to advance my skills.I feel that if I hone my skills,my work will sell itself.What are thoughts does the group have on advancing and perfecting skills?Also,should I ask this over on the IKTG?

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