Morning surf

Morning surf

I love Saturday mornings as I often get to poke about the net before the rest of the family get up. Coffee in hand I settled to catch up on some blog reading and feel the need to highlight a couple of gems that have turned up this week. Take a look over on the Frankie Files as there are images of designs for compacts which could easily be reinterpreted for embroidery and while you are there a series of designs of playing cards should interest anyone who is interested in the paper arts. Also mid week Meggiecat posted this great link to stationary that you can print out from the talents of Jaime Zollars . (Click on fun to find it)

Also Linda has posted an image (both small and large) of a Chadwick’s cotton card for downloading. While there, yesterday Linda posted an excellent link to a transcript on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) site of an interview by Richard Aedy with a number of bloggers on the implications of blogs for journalism. It is a very interesting read if you missed the program.

I nearly missed this piece of news from Embroideress Linn points to Wittman Needleworks . I could not find the information about samplers for hire as Linn suggests but they are recreating family treasures and custom designing samplers.

But Linn’s comment sent me off on another track. I have often thought that textile artists could possibly make more hiring out their work rather than selling it. Simply because you can hire out a piece again and again to generate income whereas once some thing is sold that’s it one little pocket of money soon gone. Not only could you hire out works to the corporate world but also short term hire such as objects to add background texture and atmosphere for photo shoots, or for architects to use in display homes and the like. Or, short term hire to the type of developer who buys a block of flats and renovates them into ‘apartments’. They may only want a piece for the period between viewing the property and when the property goes to auction but textile artists could possibly profit by this gentrification process. What is needed is an agent to act for a network of artists that can take care of the legal aspects and promote the idea. In generating an income for themselves they would generate an income for textile practitioners too!

Anyway that’s my morning indulgence I am off to do the usual Saturday morning tasks… and then perhaps some stitching!


  1. Oh no! The Americanism got us on to exploring an unintended subject. My thoughts were not on rental/hire of samplers but rather on the hire of someone else’s labor to produce a very personal item.

    BUT what a good thought. Rent/hire A Sampler (or other fiber arts). Why not? I like the thought of an agent placing the works for a commission.

  2. Yes Julie my point was while we sell for a one off price artists will always be on a financial tread mill even intitutions such as Art bank ( and I could not find a site for them) buy off the artist and make a profit from artists work – I guess I was thinking in terms of an agent that took a commission on the hire – which would generate an income for the artist

    I could not find online resources about either artbank or the Artwrokers Alliance – so promotion is weak if nothing else

  3. Sharon, you may have a point about hiring out works instead of selling them. The textile artist Morley Grainger has a policy of not selling any of her exhibitions piece by piece. Instead she keeps them together and ‘hires’ them out to galleries, thus increasing the potential for the art to be seen by as many people as possible, and ostensibly guaranteeing a future income from the work. This is an intelligent and far-sighted vision, which unfortunately many of us don’t think about. Instead, we tend to want/need to recouperate the money put into the exhibition asap. Morley has done extensive research into using her work as revenue, and back all her exhibitions up with complete education packages as well as signage. Perhaps we should all be thinking about the long hours and work we put into a complete exhibition, which never quite seems compensated by the monetary exchange at the end.

  4. Thanks for those links!

    here in Queensland, Artwrokers Alliance helps out with the hiring artworks stuff… and I know in Business Of Art at TAFE we heard about Artbank, which is another source – there’s no reason textiles shouldn’t be part of this!

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