After being on Etsy these past few months, and seeing the harsh reality of being a seller on there, and wanting to expand what I sell to some of the items that I have made in my studios over the year, I have created a new online shop.
Here, you can find all original artworks and gifts that I currently have for sale, as well as discounted items from displays and last stock, as well as handmade jewellery. I will be adding to this shop throughout the year with small sketches, paintings and other works, as well as works and experimentations from university. There will be a wide range of items available, so head over there and check it out!
Project 365 is a 2021 project in which I aim to produce an artwork a day and sharing it. These will range from sketches to paintings to sculptures. Some are available to purchase on my store, and some are experiments with materials. This experimentation will expand my knowledge of how I can use materials within larger artworks and expand my practice as an artist.
September for me, was a month of planning, preparation and exploration. To be prepared for the fairs and events that I have booked onto in October, November, and December, I designed and started to make all of my Christmas stock. I know people start buying earlier and earlier each year, so I wanted my range to be available for all the early birds out there.
I also prepared for the Swindon and Cricklade Railway Military Weekend by designing more vehicles to print onto cards, and original artwork that I could display and sell. Exploring maths and patterns felt homely again, although by the end of the month, I was itching to do something different – yet again. I made some bigger decisions regarding my practice for next year once Project 365 has been completed. I used my creative time to think about what I really want to do, and even looked to open a new online shop in October, where it would have all my current artwork for sale.
Scroll for hints on what my Christmas range looks like, or head to my online shop to start browsing now – shop.charlotteabraham.art/
Come along to St. Andrews Church on your way through the Peacock Arts Trail to enjoy some beautiful original artwork. Sellers here range from watercolour animals to abstract acrylic paintings. Come and find me to see some of my new original paintings.
Join this new craft market in Swindon and see what the local creatives have to offer. This craft market has lots to offer and will allow you to start thinking about Christmas presents! Come and fine me to shop original greetings cards and gifts.
Come along to this fantastic weekend filled with military and steam at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway. Tickets to this event give you access to vintage vehicles and free train rides! Come and find me to get unique greetings cards that are special to this event.
Charlotte Abraham Art will also be at several Christmas craft events over November and December with all your unique Christmas greetings cards, gifts and original artworks. We are not liable for the change in information on the events. Further information about the events can be found in the links to the hosts websites and social medias.
Project 365 is a 2021 project in which I aim to produce an artwork a day and sharing it. These will range from sketches to paintings to sculptures. Some are available to purchase on my store, and some are experiments with materials. This experimentation will expand my knowledge of how I can use materials within larger artworks and expand my practice as an artist. August included the first craft fair that I have done, as well as Christmas planning and preparations.
I found that August has been a month with my crystal ball, where I’ve sat down and thought about what I want to be doing in the next few years. I’ve made some smaller decisions, but I have also left some things to just have a longer think about before I make any big ones. I feel like this may have reflected in my artwork this month, with the Christmas sketches, and the works on paper.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been out and about with my artwork in Swindon with my first two craft fairs EVER. These fairs included the Vintage Weekend at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway, and the Ultimate Business Fete at Covingham Primary School. I thought I would share what I’ve learnt from these two events and you’ll get a sneak peak of what my future plans are too!
Why craft fairs and other events?
I decided that I wanted to ‘get out there’ with my artwork, and make that step into the world by having a physical presence. I reached out to several different event hosts that were local to Swindon, UK, to get my name on the lists and sign ups. I dived in with three fairs in August and many more lined up during the Christmas season.
I felt like I was pretty prepared when turning up to these first couple of fairs, with massive thanks to my close family for helping me to be that prepared. I will share a blog post with you on how I prepared for these shows later in the year.
I used wicker baskets and other small storage items to showcase my products. These worked really well and gave my stall an almost country aesthetic, which I really loved. The pop of colour from my originals and cards really caught peoples eyes, and drew them in. On a couple of days it rained, so I was really grateful that we had sides on the gazebo.
The three days of craft fairs that I had, I felt like I didn’t have as many sales as I hoped. I sat down with my other half, who helped me throughout these days, and came up with a plan to try to help the set up of my stall and the number of sales that I would get!
My next steps
I’ve decided to design more greetings cards specifically for a couple of events that I’ve got coming up, including military vehicles and trains! I’m paining some landscapes and larger abstract artworks that I will be able to bring and display.
I’ve also changed up my display with two new card stands, where you will be able to view the cards as you walk by, instead of them being overlapped by each other. This will also save on table space, where I can showcase other items!
I’ll always be adapting how I showcase my products of original artwork and gifts, and each fair that I will be doing will add to that learning experience for me. If you have any hints or ideas for what I can do during my fairs, give me a shout!
Project 365 is a 2021 project in which I aim to produce an artwork a day and sharing it. These will range from sketches to paintings to sculptures. Some are available to purchase on my store, and some are experiments with materials. This experimentation will expand my knowledge of how I can use materials within larger artworks and expand my practice as an artist. We’ve already taken a look through the first five months of the year, but now we close the chapter on the first half.
Within June I had to take a social media break and it changed the way I produced and showed my artwork to a larger audience. I played around more with the style of my work, rather than trying lots and lots of new things. I also found myself sitting more comfortably with the natural curves of leaves, positioning myself to grow further with that recurring subject. Within my social media break, I also created a plan of what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go with my artwork. I now have several craft shows lined up for August, where I will be showcasing my work in an unknown environment. I’ve turned to making more products and sending them out myself, another large change to my print on demand services. And I lastly made changes in the way I post to my social media. To draw myself away from sitting and scrolling for hours on end, I now schedule and plan my posts in advance. This will leave me more time to relax, make and ultimately be happier. June looks very same-ish, but July will bring some surprises.
The Charlotte Abraham Art Etsy store opened today. This Etsy store will sit in conjunction with the store already on charlotteabraham.art, however there will be Etsy exclusive products released each month. Greetings cards, more expensive originals, and prints, will be available on both stores. Etsy exclusives will include cheaper originals (Under £50), as well as the most popular greetings card designs of the past couple of months.
As I experiment further with materials and products, there will be several things that you may not be able to find on one store, but you will be able to find on the other. On top of this, I will be attending several craft fairs throughout the year and these will, again, have exclusive products that are not available online.
Head over to my Etsy now to buy your original artwork and gifts –