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Re: [BKARTS] looking for advice: finding the right venues

Thanks to all who have responded to my posting both via the list and
direct emails,
I will try many of the routes suggested.

Margie, your approach is exactly what I've been doing so far and, for
the most part, it works well. I often have 2-3 different books with me -
just in case. I left my full time job as an art director in February of
2002 and am still trying to develop a good answer to "so, what are you
doing these days?" I've found that it really helps to have a couple
examples with me at all times. My work is very tactile, so it makes a
big difference for people to hold the books in their hands. It's
wonderful to see adults looking as delighted as children when they go
through the pages.

Although I have shown my mixed media work in the Boston area since 1997,
I've only recently started to put my book art out there and am still
developing the way I speak about it. One thing I know about myself is
that I need deadlines to reach completion of most projects. So, with my
recent donation to the public radio auction, I finally updated things
like my Web site and artist statement, which have helped me organize my
thoughts about the new work. Like most other artists, I definitely
prefer the "making" of the art to the business of it.

Thanks again to all who have shared their advice.


On Friday, August 1, 2003, at 09:29 AM, Margie Disque wrote:

How have other book artists found the right audience? Where did you
start? Are there resources that you would recommend? Any feedback/advice
would be greatly appreciated.>>>

Hi Leah--I am new to this list and a novice bookmaker (but in love with
paper, ink, nibs, fibers, glues, oh, the list goes on and on). I can,
however, tell you an interesting experience I had recently. I was
meeting a
friend I hadn't seen for quite a while for breakfast. Since people
look blank when they say "so, what have you been doing?" and I say
I've been painting things" I took a basket of show and tell. The
saw the stuff and bulldogged showing it to the gift shop's manager.

So, the condensed version of this story is: always carry some of your
around and casually leave it where it can be seen by the hoi polloi. Who
knows where it will lead?

Good luck to you--

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