I’m excited to announce my next big project for 2018! I’m calling this project Make//Sell and it involves dedicating real hours to making art, especially physical pieces. That is the “make” part. And here is the “sell” part: every two weeks I will be releasing a new original art piece for sale. Which means you’ll have a chance to own an original Lisa Bardot! 😃 This project is a big undertaking and a huge step in a journey that has been percolating for a while now.
I want to build a career out of my unique creative skills and talents. And really, I still don’t know what that means for me. I noticed that something felt off back in 2014, not long after my son was born. I wasn’t sure what it was or what was causing it, but I was frequently feeling down and also less invested in my photography business. It wasn’t until the following year, 2015, while attending Yeah Field Trip for the first time, that I realized I was missing art-making in my life. I’d become really busy with my business and mothering that I hadn’t really been making being creative a part of my life as it was years ago. So that year I slowly started doing more, I took up watercolor painting, sketching, lettering, started sewing for fun again, spent time with other creative people, tried expressing what I was feeling through creative means.
In 2016, I took on the lofty goal of doing a drawing or painting every day. When I started I had no idea how impactful this project would be. I got pregnant that year with my daughter and it was a very emotional pregnancy, peppered with bouts of depression. For the first time I was really letting myself start to be vulnerable through my art. I was beginning to open up and share another side of myself. It was also incredibly important in developing both my skills and my love for illustration.
With this year, 2017, came the birth of my daughter, and exploring postpartum through my art. It was a joyful yet turbulent time for many reasons, but halfway through the year I decided to start seeing a therapist. This was the best decision I have made for myself as an artist and in all facets of my humanity. It has been a turning point in how I see myself, my relationships, and the world. I’ve been giving myself time every week after my session for drawing or writing or both to reflect on everything, really making good on my goal to reflect in 2017.
Through the past few years, I’ve know I want to build a career out of my creativity. In fact, I’ve come up with dozens of business ideas, even taken some so far as to basically write business plans. But nothing seemed like the “right thing”. Mostly because I was afraid of failing, afraid of the amount of work it would be, but maybe also because I hadn’t really found the thing I wanted to do. I’m still not sure.
As the end of 2017 was quickly approaching, one thing started to become clear. I wanted to make art. And I wanted to have art-making be an important, deserving-of-real-work-hours part of my life. Believe it or not, but I’ve always struggled with calling myself an “artist”. Even saying “I want to be an artist” feels…silly. But at this stage in my life, it is want I want. Dedicated time to really explore whatever crazy ideas that pop into my head. To work with real, physical media. To get my hands dirty. To learn. To try and fail and try again.
I’m starting a new project for the coming year I am calling Make//Sell 2018. Because I don’t want it to be enough to simply make art and keep it hanging around in my house. I need to learn how I might eventually make a living from it. Every two weeks I will list a piece for sale. Sometimes they will be one-of-a-kind pieces, sometimes editions. I will announce them on social media, and through my newsletter.
This next year will be about experimentation, expression, identifying what I enjoy, what is profitable, what my audience responds to, and what is fulfilling. I’m not 100% sure what the outcome will be from all of this, but that’s kind of the exciting part.
The rules of my project
- Set aside dedicated hours in the week to making art
- List a piece to sell every other Tuesday
- Must keep track of materials cost and hours spent
- Document projects and share the process through this blog and social media #makesell2018
Here is a list of mediums I hope to explore:
- Block Printing
- Canvas Painting
- Screen Printing
- Fabric Dying
- and more as the project develops.
Please join me in this journey! Sign up for my newsletter below to be the first to know when new pieces are released. Follow me on Instagram to see all the fun in action, and bookmark the Make/Sell shop page where new pieces will be listed every other Tuesday. I’d truly appreciate all the support I can get!
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