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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