Friday, July 25, 2008

Career decisions

In keeping with my new 'career plan' decision to change the type of shows I am doing, I think I may need to make some decisions about my woodcarving.

First of all, a lot of 'fine art' type shows tend to either frown upon or outright reject artists who try to jury in in multiple unrelated media. And I don't think I can consider what I have now a coherent body of work since there isn't really much that connects my woodwork with my paper work. Except the 'Inspired by nature' or 'Once upon a tree' idea, but I am not sure that is enough... And if I am going to give up one of my two media, I think my papercutting work is more different and has a more unique voice and style than my carving and therefore has more potential going forward.. Also, my current woodcarving style tends toward a more rough and unfinished look, which again doesn't necessarily fit the atmosphere of the shows I am shooting for.

I still love carving though, and I don't want to give it up. And I have SOOOO much carving material to work through!! :) But I certainly don't have room for all my output, so I would need to keep selling it somehow. I'll keep putting stuff on Etsy of course, but I don't sell enough through there to really move my inventory.

Hmm... this is a tricky one. Any thoughts?

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