Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I had a business doing high end giclee prints... so that I could also do my own. I had an Epson 4800. Now, I refuse to do prints. Too much work and too much extra stuff to carry around. The general public really doesn't understand the difference between giclee and other prints.
So many shows have precise guidelines on how to label, sign your prints, I just decided to make things easier an only offer original pieces. I can produce a number of paintings so it is no problem.
Wow. As a newbie (not even accepted at an art fair yet) I couldn't get a grip on the Giclee vs Print for the Open End Print question. These discussions have resolved that for me.
My second question was concerning matts - if not using "giclee" process, would a paper (non archival) matt suffice? My work is super detailed and takes 90-100 hours to complete a drawing and while being accepted and winning ribbons for the original, I have not sold an original yet. Being that it is black and white, a print should be easy (I have a great high end Epson) but what suggestions could you all give for the finishing.
I was also going to take my drawings and process them direct to wood. Since they are historical in nature it is a great look. But will they "allow" this at shows
Paper mats would suffice if you don't care that the core will turn yellow and look bad (so, no, in my opinion, they don't suffice). I was at a show last week where a very well known water color artist had a junky paper mat that looked like it had been cut by a monkey (overcuts were visable from 5 feet away). The mat core was not only yellowed, but was also stained and the frame was dinged up.
So, what I take from that is he didn't think very much of that particular piece (and it was an original priced for $1000). I hope you convey to your prospective customers what you think of you work and finish it accordingly.