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/
Farm Animals Notebook is a hardback lined journal available here at Charlotte Abraham Art. The original, fun design includes animals that you might traditionally find on the farm. These animals include rabbits, turkeys, chickens, pigs, sheep and cows. The only detail on each of them is the little dot of an eye, giving the animals individual characters.
The hardback lined journal itself is 5 x 7″ notebook with 64 pages of lined paper. The design of the covers wraps into the inside cover, creating a professional looking notebook. With the layout of the lines on the pages, you can start from ether side of the notebook and use it for projects, rather than just for notes!
They are sturdy notebooks which are the ideal size to carry around in many different sized bags. This design is not currently available on Etsy, but is available on my website store and at craft fairs.
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!
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 –