Despite the wintery weather in Scotland last week, we had a very successful open studios in the upstairs gallery room at the Westerton Hotel! Lots of interesting visitors and feedback. My blank greetings cards sold so well that I am now going to concentrate on marketing them further afield and also in the process of setting up a new online shop. The good thing about Open Studios events is the feedback and making contacts. Another positive is meeting other artists at their open studios. Every year I am astonished at the quality and the low prices that people charge. Its a big opportunity to sell work with out the usual 100% commission added by shops and galleries.
Also, I have three new commissions this week as a direct result. There's a little part of me wishes it could be open studios everyday! By the way, I have a page on this website where you can buy my cards - you don't need a paypal account - any queries please fill in the contact form. Cards online: /cards.html
Am very excited with developing a new range of botanical prints and collages, which have been very well received so far. The inclusion of dried pressed flowers into collage is natural development from working on collagraph prints at the Glasgow Print Studio. The crafty aspects of art and design remind me of the years spent making and designing jewellery. However, another exciting element of my new work is progressing the original collage by working with it digitally. I love photoshop and working with a graphics tablet.
MMDesign was founded by Maureen Mitchell in 2009 and has been building up a clientele from websites and various trade events.