Friday, April 17, 2009

Thinking of buying Handmade Clothing?

As many of you who read this blog know, I am a handmade clothing artist, amongst many other forms of textile art.  I'd like to think that most of you who read this blog own or have owned a piece of handmade clothing.

What made you buy it?  Was it the overall appearance of the item?  The attention to detail?  The originality of the piece?  Was it the artist themselves?

As with many things in life, our own work can benefit from looking at the situation from the other side of table.  Put yourself in your customer's shoes.  Why should I buy this item?  What am I looking for? How would I find this item? What search terms might I use?

I came across a kick-ass website today that talks about the details of handmade clothing.  They discuss what to look out for, when buying a one of a kind piece from an artist.

Pricing can sometimes be 2-3 times the cost of store-bought items. 


These pieces we make, are the textile creations of the images we hold in our souls.  Our own art.  We express our vision thru the combination of textiles and threadwork.   Each piece carrying it's own feeling and symbolic  reasoning.  As with all artwork, it is hard to come up with a price for each piece.  My own pricing system refects the cost of supplies, and my time making the item, from selecting fabrics, dyeing them, down to the last thread snip.  And yes, I do snip my threads from EACH piece!

Why do you buy handmade?

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1 comment:

Rebekah Gonzalez said...

Im glad that you posted this... If people are looking for the cheapest price... they should not go looking for handmade items. I was over hearing some people in your booth yesterday that were "politely complaining" about price. I can certianly understand budget... but its hard to really apreciate how much love, sweat, blood and tears goes into a truely unique handmade item. ... .it goes beyond just being "cute" and more towards a peice of art. It seems acceptable to pay 200-300 $1000 or more for a painting...because a painting has more common ground as "ART"... what you are doing is truely art... I could go on and on about how much I love your work. HUGS!

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