One really cool thing about art is being able to support other people in their art, too. Sure, I love making art myself, but I also love showing my support for others.
There are many opportunities to do this, such as:
- retail shops
- flea markets
- craft fairs
- art fairs
Retail shops bring to mind places like Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where the town supports local artists.
Locally, flea markets in my small town, are filled with artist/crafter booths.
Art and craft fairs are a pretty awesome shopping experience. Lots of variety to choose from and also getting to talk to the artist about the pieces is especially fun.
I really, really, really like to find smaller businesses online and support them. Etsy has been a good place for that.
For example, a few months ago I found an Etsy shop where the artist makes necklaces with Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks verses on them.
I. Love. Fleetwood Mac. and. Stevie Nicks.
I mean loveeeeeeeeeeee. When I was a kid, we had one of those huge brown stereo cabinets with a record player and my momma listened to them daily. I was raised on Fleetwood Mac.
So, when I saw those necklaces, there was an instant connection. I have bought five so far. Four were gifts and one was for me.
Here is a picture of a necklace I bought and her shop is http://www.GypsyRootsDesigns.etsy.com if you’d like to see her work.
Another online shop I love is called Card and Story. She has wonderful cards. In fact, I needed a unique Mother’s Day card, and she was beyond kind. So far, I have purchased five of her cards. Love her work! Here is a picture of the first card I got and if you’d like to see her shop, it’s http://www.cardandstory.com.
Also, online, we can support other artists who have blogs by reading and commenting on their posts. Sometimes I’ve had comments on my posts that are a big confidence booster for me.
Friends- I support my friends art and they support mine. One friend started making car air fresheners a couple of Octobers ago.
When she had her first craft fair, I drove thirty five miles one way and surprised her there. Then, I went to her second craft show. Buying her products also helped get her business going. Here is one she made for me and her website is https://www.cutecarfresheners.com if you’d like to see what she makes.
Supporting other artists in their work is just something I enjoy doing. If you have any ideas on how you support other people in their art, please feel free to comment.
Thanks so much for reading!
P.S. There’s no commission for me in any of this, I’m just sharing to share.