By Teri Navajo
I get asked so often "how should I price my work?" by artists and while I feel that pricing is a personal beast, I decided to FINALLY write up some general tips and advice... skim this for fun, use it as your bible, read it and then do your own thing - all of those option are totally okay. At the end of it all, you have to do what is right for you. So, in this post, I will guide you, but ultimately you will have to determine what works for you, your style and the clients that you are reaching.
As you may have seen in our contract for any #FringeArtShow, having your work wired is a REQUIREMENT. Sadly, only about half of artists seem to do this and it breaks our hearts when we have to turn you away due to not complying with this part of the agreement.
The reason that we ask you to wire your artwork is because its the safest and fastest way to get your work on the wall. When you show work in a public space you want to make sure that your art is displayed properly, so sawtooth hooks that are glued on, twine instead of wire, string!, all these (and more) odd "corner cutting" tactics are not accepted.
Literally and bluntly - just so it's clear, if your art is not wired, you wont be able to show in our events. I hate to deliver that news, especially when someone drives a long way to be part of our show but our time is limited so we usually can't wait around for you to make a Home Depot run or head out to your car to wire the pieces.
So now that you know the why... watch the how. This artist we found on Youtube does it simply and accurately.
If this is your first time wiring your work, we have a simple - one stop shop - shopping list for you. All of these items can be found at your nearest Home Depot.
Make sure that your artwork hangs well. Take a picture down at home and use that nail to test your work. You will want to make sure that the wire doesnt slip (meaning, you've wrapped your wire tightly and that you used wire strong enough to hold your piece).
You'll also want to make sure that you gave your wire enough "slack" so that its easy to grab the wire and attach it to the nail or the hook on the wall. If you string your wire too tight, you will have to fight with the wire to get the piece installed.
We always suggest wiring in the "upper thirds" which is basically the first 1/3 from the top of your piece. If you wire from the middle or lower, your piece could sit off of the wall at an angle and it just wont look nice, you want your work to lay flat against the wall.
Questions? Leave us a comment - We'd love to answer or clarify anything that you may be struggling with during the wiring process.