Today I went to see the Ottawa Guild of Potters Spring Sale. I am still a member of the Guild but am not currently exhibiting with them as it is mostly functional work people look for in these show. This is the 2nd time they use the former Horticulture Building at the Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. It was a hot and humid day both inside and out but the natural light was amazing.
The cards arrived on the estimated date. Interesting thing is that I paid for a 10 day-shipping and they shipped the item 3 days upon its arrival. It should be called ”Give us some time to print the damn thing”. Go figure.
After opening the box, the first thing I checked was if the raised print was applied, as specified, to the logo only. Nope. The whole text, logo included is raised. Though it was a deception at first, the raised part of my logo is so thin that having paid significantly extra just for that would have been a waste of money.
Note to self, having a dark background and a matte finish that comes standard is a recipe to leave your fingerprints all-over the card. Quite distracting.
Would I order again? Not sure. Compared to the $100 quote I was given for raised print, this was cheaper. I would try the Spot gloss option to outline my logo more. But then again I did not like how the background of my picture turned out a little too pixelated for my taste.
Again, the goal for a Business Card is for people to remember you and your product. I hope this does the job.
It took me almost 5 years to use 250 business cards… and recently it was time to print another batch so I wouldn’t run out in the middle of a show. As much as I liked the Design I had created for it, my work has evolved of the years and I decided it was due for a change. It also needed to be cohesive with my Website (redesigned over the years) and this Blog which did not exist in 2010. With all of the other projects on my plate, it took me a few months to find the right fit (I’m not a graphic designer but I can manage my way around Gimp or Photoshop without having to hire someone or at least that’s what I think, you tell me). I also wanted to add some more info (thanks to my many readings on the business of art), get a Tagline (the exercise of summarizing one’s work in 5 words max was a hard one), increase readability (another one from my readings) by adding capital letters in the web address, emails…
I found inspiration on another ceramic artist’s Blog from the UK, Miss annabel Dee.
I decided to go with Vistaprint as it looked at first like a good deal… Well actually when they advertise – 40 % off an item it doesn’t mean on an order of Business Cards, but on the most expensive part of your order (here for example it was applied on the front of my card, $38 for 250 cards, yeah). I wanted my logo to appear as a raised print that’s why it’s more expansive than the usual cards as a starter. Why using raised print? Because I make 3D work and it makes the card more memorable. To this I added the reverse side in colour ($13), the shipping ($7.99 for 10 days delivery, the slowest I could get since I did not have to rush it) and taxes ($5.69). On and all it is costing me $49.48 or 19.80cts per card. In 2010 I paid for 250 one-sided card (colour) $34.56. Here is the result prior to being printed (I am expecting them by May 1rst). Any comments?
Last Sunday, all of the artists collaborating on the show “Lines in Nature | La nature des choses” were at the Ottawa School of Art to take pictures of our work for the catalogue. While some of the pieces were still a work in progress, Paula Murray and I had decided to have it finished for the photoshoot.
On the project’s Blog you can see pictures of the artists interacting with each other. They were taken by Dawn Dale.
Here is our piece entitled On the line | En eaux troubles. It will be for sale at La Fab (Old Chelsea, QC) between May 23-June 21. A big thank you to our Maggie Knaus for photographing all the artworks that day. It promises to be an exciting show.
Sunday April 5th was the Reception for “Ultramarine”. Lovely crowd, friendly artists. I got positive feedback for the expressive quality of my work and a lot of questions about the techniques used to make it. I spent time with artist Yuliya Chernyshova and her husband from Sherbrooke chatting about her endeavours while having a toddler, just like myself. I also talked to Pauline Lauzon alias Poe whose watercolors I liked very much.
I also had the pleasure to be interviewed by Liana Voia who came all the way to Montreal at my invitation (thank you so much for your dedication to artists and the industry!) and interviewed as well the owners of the Repaire des 100 talents Gallery: Luc Poudrier and Adeline Lamarre.
This is one big step forward for me in my artistic career as I decided to apply to a juried show in Montreal. It’s a first for me to be exhibiting in a big city outside of Ottawa. I’m very excited. We are 31 artists. And in case you didn’t notice, it is right up my alley with the sea/ocean as a theme. And the poster has one of my pieces on it. 🙂
The gallery is called “Le repaire des 100 talents” (the hideout of the talented 100s). Here is a gallery tour (slideshow) including the boxes I brought with my pieces ready to be hung/put on a shelf. Some walls are barren because this is the time in-between shows when some artists are picking up their works and others are bringing theirs.
I am hoping to be able to make it for the April 5th Reception. If you can’t make it, here is a sneak peek of some of the work that will be presented.
Dates: April 1rst – May 10th, 2015 (Reception in the presence of artists on April 5th from 4:30 pm – 9 pm)
Address: 5867 St-Hubert blvd, Montreal QC (Rosemont Subway)