Friday, April 30, 2010

Internet Artisan Interview - Folk Art by Campbell Jane

When I think of Campbell Jane's artwork, her angels come to mind... I've been following Jane's primary blog through Entrecard for a long time now, and wanted to share her beautiful artwork with my readers. Folk art is a favorite of mine, and I especially enjoy her ocean and nature scenes. And if you have a fondness for doodling, you need to pop in and take a look at Jane's second blog, Altered Pages. Here, she publishes submitted artwork with used book pages as the artist's paper. They look really neat - you need to check this out. But first, let's look at some folk art:

  • What's the name of your business/shop?

Folk Art by Campbell Jane

  • Do you have a registered domain name and/or a blog?

  • What type of handmade products do you sell?
I currently sell my art, original pieces and prints. I have in the past sold my crocheted creations as well.

  • Show us a piece you recently finished
This is one of my recent favorites...

  • What are you working on right now? Any sketches?
I am currently working on bee pieces for an upcoming show at the Sacramento Bee Newspaper to benefit bee research. I have listed several bee pieces on Etsy & Ebay that I won't be putting in the show. I'm having fun painting them. I recently made a stop motion video of a bee painting that you can see on my youtube channel.

  • If you have a website or blog, what do you use for advertising? What do your avatars look like?
I am currently using one of my Little Swimmer paintings as my avatar. I use Twitter, various Forums, Entrecard, Facebook, and business cards.

  • If you have a website or blog, tell us about your favorite widget.
This is a tough one! I think the slideshow is my favorite.

  • Which online selling vendors do you use? What do you like best about each one?
I currently sell at Etsy, Ebay, Artfire, Artist Rising, Zazzle and Cafepress. I love Etsy. The people are awesome there. I've met so many nice people. It's easy to list, traffic is good and their fees are reasonable.

  • Are you involved in social networking? What's your favorite and why? If you're not involved, you must have a good reason!
I am a Twitterholic. I love it! I've met so many nice people on Twitter too. When I post a new listing I get lots of views but I try to keep my tweets fun, they aren't all just about work.

  • All of us can use a helpful business hint once a week. What's yours?
Taking the time to communicate with your buyers and to package your goods nicely are essential in making that all important first impression.

  • Do you have a "modus operandi" for computing the price of a handmade object? Tell us your formula?
I start with a reasonable set price per square inch, however, I do take into consideration how complicated a piece is & how much time a piece took to complete, if supplies were more costly, etc... Pricing is a tricky issue. I've learned that pricing low does not necessarily mean more sales. Everyone should have some original art. It lifts the spirit, so I try to price fairly, and affordable.

  • We'd love to see your little corner of the world, where you create.
Yikes! If I knew you were coming...Ok don't judge me, I'm keeping it real! [and sorry, it got a little blurry, when I enlarged the photo]

  • Where do you see your artwork in one year? Any plans in the works?
That is the beauty of art. It's always changing. It changes as you change, so creatively, I'm on an adventure! I do plan to be working on some larger pieces which is more of a challenge for me. I recently opened a Zazzle shop and really enjoy designing there. My wearable art creations so far only include art that I have already done. I plan to work on some pieces specifically for wearable art, t-shirts, shoes, etc... And of course I would like to see my art generate enough income for me to continue to be able to create, blog, spread a little Word, love and hopefully inspire people to create.

  • OK. It's the storybeader's turn to pick a favorite.

The expression on this girl is so perfect. I can relate to her - it reminds me of being under water in the ocean, as a child.


memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Great work and very cool video!

Campbell Jane said...

Awwwwww thank you so much! What an honor it is for me to be chosen for such a nice article! I love your favorite pick, one of my favorites too.
Many Blessings

Julie Fillo said...

Awesome article about an amazing artist!

Julie Fillo said...

Such a nice interview for a wonderful artist!

Fusion Art Jewelry said...

Wow! Great interview, love her works. And her workspace is so nice and brightly light!

Was going away w/hubby to n. FL to visit his mother, but DH went alone. While he was there he did take a fishing trip and bounty has been delicious. Thank you for thinking of me...

Ani said...

Wow, Deb. This was great, and I LOVE Campbell Jane's work!

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