|All the stuff I've gotten done lately.|
Because I feel all weirdly legitimate in the fact that I’ve managed more than one patron through Patreon (thank you), I feel I should clarify what Patreon funding is for to me personally. In short: supplies. The exciting stuff like beads and wire and fabric to the truly dull things like business cards and shipping supplies—but let’s focus on the exciting stuff more. This allows me to branch out a little bit, to take advantage of trying things and experimenting with materials and generally making things more structurally sound while also just making neat things.
What I don’t want Patreon to be for me: “just” a donation drive. You know, I won’t argue with tips. I’ve had them offered, I’ve accepted with the sincerest of gratitude and occasionally a little extra detail or coupon or general something because that means a lot to me. But I also would never expect a tip. And certainly not a donation. I want to earn what I make. I want people to feel their investment is worthwhile, even if that investment is “only” $1 a month. $1 counts. $1 says someone cared enough to sign up for a service to give $1. $1 a month is that woman, years ago, who leaned in and told me that what I did wasn’t quite her style, but she saw how much work went into what I made and appreciated it. That memory still keeps me going.
On that note, exactly what do I have for patrons? Well, pictures of what I manage to buy with this supply money, for one; tempting documentation of what is to come eventually. At some point in time. Soon-ish. Communication about these things, too. I’ve also been pondering weekly in-progress pictures, since I tend to have 2-4 projects going at once, though I’m always a little iffy on those. I mean, everything looks like a big pile of shiny mess until it’s all put together. That’s just kind of how I work. But if shiny mess pictures are requested by patrons, I’m only too happy to offer.
Anyway, this has been a totally unexciting announcement.
...Hi. I'm Orin. I make shiny things.|
Shiny Things (site/gallery)
Commission Master Post
Shiny Things Etsy Shop
Shiny Things Tumblr
FtB (toy appreciation site)
OrgLIX and Crisis Perverted
Resources and encouragement for artists who are selling or wish to sell their work:
The True Cost of Handmade
I Do Not Like These Shoes (But Maybe You Do)
How to: Pricing Your Handmade Goods & Products
A Simple Formula for Pricing Your Work from the Etsy Blog
Magweno generally being awesome as per usual
Paying for Handmade: A Gentle Rant
Underpriced, Undervalued & Over it: Attitudes Towards Art & Commissions
My own happy little experience with artist harassment