Tuesday, July 30, 2013

ArtBiz Jam Interview with Anne Brown





This weeks ArtBiz Jam interview is with Anne Brown, director of Product Development for Magnet Works and Studio M.

ArtBiz Jam is a kind of non retreat artist retreat taking place in Destin, FL September 18-22, 2013.
You can join Anne, Phyllis Dobbs, Lori Siebert and myself for fun on the beach, a little wine and lots of information about licensing.

We want to keep it small so that some of the discussions can be tailored to your specific needs. Currently there are 4 spots left and registration closes August 10.

For more information go to ArtBizJam.com



Among other things, Anne will be discussing the following topics at ABJ.

Finding Your Creative Spark
Everyone has one but some have yet to define and commit to it. Anne will discuss the importance of identifying your Spark, what ignites it and how to stay true to it.

and

Share Your Spark
Learn from a Product Developer ! Anne will discuss her perspective of what a product developer wants to see in portfolio presentations and their expectations during development. You will learn how to determine which products best work for your artwork.



Now for the interview!

Why did you want to be involved with ArtBizJam?


When Lori, Paula and Phyllis called me to share their vision for the retreat, I was inspired by their passion and purpose. I was thrilled to be included as a guest teacher.

What will people get out of attending this particular workshop?


I hope the participants walk away with a better sense of their creative purpose and tools to enrich their business and art.


What makes this workshop/retreat special and different from other workshops?


ArtBizJam is a creative renewal that encourages realness, vision and kinship. I love that it was tailor-made for an intimate group of artists who are interested in growing personally and professionally while having a blast doing it!


How do you reconcile your passion of developing product with the business side of art?

My passion and job is developing products with licensed artists and designers. As a Product Developer, it is crucial I am always looking through the lens of my retail customer and end consumer. This means there are times I have to pass on an artist I admire personally because it is not the right fit for my product.


What are you looking forward to fun-wise with ArtBizJam?

I am looking forward to a long weekend of learning, sharing and creativity...on the beach. Our hostesses have taken great care in planning every detail and know this will be a memorable weekend!


We look forward to seeing you at ArtBiz Jam!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

ArtBiz Jam-Interview With Phyllis Dobbs







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This week kicks off a month of interviews with the ArtBiz Jam instructors. ArtBiz Jam is a kind of non retreat artist retreat taking place in Destin, FL September 18-22, 2013. Anne Brown of Magnet Works and Studio M will be there along with Lori SiebertPhyllis Dobbs and myself.



Today's interview is with Phyllis Dobbs.




Why did you want to be involved with ArtBizJam?


 Conducting a retreat has been in my mind for quite a while. I love attending retreats and enjoy teaching so it was natural to want to host one. This one came together almost as a product of a magic wand being waved with some fairy dust - the four of just all wanted the same thing and were so excited about it. As a teacher at ArtBizJam, I feel that I will get as much out of it as will the students. Any time you meet someone and network, you automatically gain from it, whether you are the teacher or the student.  


What will people get out of attending this particular workshop?

 The attendees will benefit on several levels. They will have fun and create cherished new friendships and an experience that they will treasure. They will learn how to improve their business to get it to the level that they want as well as work smarter with their business side. Working smarter makes us more productive while giving us more time to enjoy the benefits of being creative. And the attendees will also relax and rejuvenate by being being creative in new areas, taking these techniques and incorporating them into their creations. Taking time to creatively play will give you the energy and spark to create new ideas. We have some fun surprises that will delight everyone there - you will love every minute in this beautiful gulf coast area.

What makes this workshop/retreat special and different from other workshops?

Most workshops focus on only one area of your business, mostly taking creative classes.  This one also focuses on the business side as well as the creative. You can have a creative business but if you don’t know how to promote and grow it, you will not get as much as you can from it.

We are also keeping ArtBizJam small so that its a more intimate retreat where individual  business or creative needs can be addressed.


How do you reconcile your passion of creating art with the business side of art?

All our art and creativeness comes from the right side of our brain. We tend to really love that area and want to stay there. But when our art is our business, we need to venture into the left side of brains. I know its not as much fun, that left side, but there are ways to make it that way.  We can be just as creative with the business side and that’s what I strive to do to make my business side as interesting as the creative part. Its all the same coin, just different sides, and I find it fun to flip it back and forth, well at least some of the time!

What are you looking forward to fun-wise with ArtBizJam?

 Laughter and camaraderie! When ever a group of women get together, no matter what the reason from serious business to just relaxing, it always turns into laughter at some point.  And that’s especially true with artists. We become close knit as we get to know each other and that forms into friendships. We always enjoy getting together any time that we can. The laughter is the perk that always happens!

To find out more about Phyllis visit the ArtBiz Jam Teacher page or visit her website or blog.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Atlanta Gift Show-Networking and Friends.

Well another Gift Show has wrapped up and before I lay down for 3 days I thought I better write a blog post.
Sure I could report on how I saw birds on EVERYTHING and owls are still EVERYWHERE but what gets me going is getting together and networking with friends that I only see twice a year.

We talk about trends, colors, our new products and everything else that relates to this crazy licensing business that we are all a part of.

Anne Brown, Lori Siebert, me and Phyllis Dobbs.
Check back next week (6/23/13) for an interview with Phyllis Dobbs.

The ArtBiz Jam gals got together at my house/studio which is just a couple of blocks from the mart. We talked about how excited we are to share all of out experiences with friends old and new. 

In case you don't know, ArtBiz Jam is a kind of non retreat artist retreat taking place in Destin September 18-22, 2013. Anne Brown of Magnet Works and Studio M will be there along with Lori Siebert, Phyllis Dobbs and myself.

Along with lots of networking, sharing and fun we will actually impart some of our wisdom on you.

Anne will discuss her perspective of what a product developer wants to see in a portfolio presentation. You will learn how to determine which products best work for your artwork.

Lori will demonstrate how effective 3-D mock-ups and overall product concepts can help sell your art and style when presenting to manufacturers.

Phyllis will discuss and demonstrate computer skills that will help cut your production time. She will show you how to create digital mock-ups for flat art to give you that extra edge when presenting work to a manufacturer.

I will share tips on sending art to clients as well as how to keep it all organized. The pros and cons of having an agent versus self representation will also be discussed.

and that's just the tip of the iceberg...........

There will also be plenty of creative classes, fun, a creative field trip, happy hours, a shrimp boil and time relaxing on the beach.

In other words, you will learn a lot along with having a nice sort of girls get together at the beach.

In a nutshell your lodging, breakfast, lunch, shrimp boil and most supplies are covered by the fee of $1099-$1299 (depending on accommodations). In most cases there will be transportation to and from the airport. We're even throwing in a happy hour and all sorts of extra goodies for you to take home.

Check the website for more details and to register for the event. Registration ends August 10 and we are about half full at this time.

Hope to see you there!