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Carol Larsen
  • Grand Ledge, MI
  • United States
  • Textiles
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Trying to redefine my medium...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carol Larsen on Sunday. 3 Replies

I have been struggling in trying to redefine my medium. I am a textile designer, and as the business of what I have been creating is becoming over saturated (thanks to wholesale suppliers flooding…Continue

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Would appreciate opinions about management software

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jennifer Brewer Stone Jun 10, 2016. 2 Replies

Hi,So confused. Every time I do a search I come up with 2-3 suggestions for software for managing the art side of my business.I would really appreciate opinions about art specific management software…Continue

 

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Carol Larsen replied to Carol Larsen's discussion Trying to redefine my medium...
"Thank you. We are going along a similar path. I have decided to start writing an action plan, so I can add it in layers. Time and being pulled backwards into what people are used to purchasing from me is still an issue as I transition and redefine…"
Sunday
Robert Wallis replied to Carol Larsen's discussion Trying to redefine my medium...
"I'm doing much the same myself, and likewise struggling with it. I've been doing photography for many years, with this year being my 30th doing art fairs. In the beginning photographers at the fairs were mostly wet darkroom B&W stuff…"
Sunday
Kaytee Sumida replied to Carol Larsen's discussion Trying to redefine my medium...
"Sorry, no good suggestions for dealing with the problem, but... you're not alone! Possibly teach? or write "lessons" for some of your designs? Crafty seems to be having a lot of designers doing their videos, and some artists have…"
Saturday
Carol Larsen replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Is creating art killing you?
"Yes. Textiles can also be very toxic, and my blood work shows a slight elevation that is usually seen in someone exposed to 2nd hand smoke now. Any type of fine powders used in dyeing can be toxic, due to being inhaled even with respirator etc…"
Feb 12
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Trying to redefine my medium...

I have been struggling in trying to redefine my medium. I am a textile designer, and as the business of what I have been creating is becoming over saturated (thanks to wholesale suppliers flooding the market to anyone who waves $$ for their ridiculously low opening orders) I am trying to carve out the time to bring back my original textile work that had seriously fallen by the wayside. Any ideas on how to continue to have my current income as I develop and branch out into these other areas.…See More
Feb 3
Carol Larsen replied to Marc Rochkind's discussion Reading credit cards with a Moto G5 Plus phone
"The original PP Chip reader that looks like a calculator sorta is super touchy. The new style one that reads and swipes is great. I just used it last week for the first time. Paypal does update the Reader’s apps, along with you phone/tablet so…"
Feb 2
Carol Larsen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 10 tips to tune up your website for the New Year
"It wasn’t an easy decision...because I Bulk at websites that don’t have a number and an address, but I work in timed modules for my work, and stopping everything to find out it was a garbage call...was cutting into my production. "
Jan 18
Carol Larsen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 10 tips to tune up your website for the New Year
"Great tips McKenna, the only thing I had a huge problem with was having my phone number on my site because it picked up spam like nothing else, 20-30 calls a day. I removed it, and stated clearly to anyone wishing to talk, please send me an email…"
Jan 18
Carol Larsen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: American Artisan Festival
"Whoa...just a little unnecessary, since my question was based on what I could see from any photos I could find. Those are two critical things to look for when deciding to add a new show. Especially one with history. Must be a raw nerve for you. I…"
Jan 12
Carol Larsen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 10 tips to tune up your website for the New Year
"Just a few more: 1. once a month check all links on your site and on show sites that have you listed, many times the show sites get corrupted. I also have a massive list of sites that list similar events, I also check these sites as part of my…"
Jan 3
Carol Larsen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: American Artisan Festival
"Thanks Connie. I know the greater Nashville area has a great appreciation for the Arts."
Dec 26, 2017
Carol Larsen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Call for Artists: American Artisan Festival
"Would love to hear what others think. The pictures show dogs and no one with purchases. Hopefully those were before it officially opened pics? "
Dec 22, 2017
Carol Larsen replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"I am far from superficial, that is the message being sent from the seller, and I have many incidences where I have asked the price and was surprised when the seller eyed my up and down inch by inch before responding. The subliminal message they were…"
Dec 18, 2017
Carol Larsen replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"To me...no price comes across as arrogant and already turns me off to speaking with the artist. That's just my opinion. You will be dealing with a whole lot of walk-a-ways that don't want to be bothered but could have been sales for that…"
Dec 18, 2017
Carol Larsen commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"Robert Wallis - those were the exact words I used this past weekend at a "craft" show. Lowering prices did not increase sales. I say craft show because I do a few around the holidays and had my sister with me and she was getting all upset…"
Dec 11, 2017
Carol Larsen replied to Melissa Driver's discussion What do you bring as main scents?
"You may wish to search out the soapmakers groups on Facebook. They are very active, a lot of my friends who exhibit their handmade soaps belong to them. You may get "more" there where it's people doing similar if you don't get…"
Nov 10, 2017

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Your Medium
Textiles
Years in the Art Fair Business
10
What is your website?
http://www.riversedgefiberarts.com
What are the best things about art fairs
The attendees, other vendors, visiting other places.
Best show ever and why
I vend 20+ shows a year, and every single one is special in a certain way.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I receive the Art Fair Calender I came across online, and this was referenced on that e-newsletter many times.

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How I have grown my business over the last year...

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 10:25am 2 Comments

I joined this group many years ago to help me move from being a "dyer" which many refer to as "indy dyer" over to Surface Designer - which is actually what I have always done for over 55 years, mixed with garment design. I have been afraid for too long to move into the art world with my work and everyone here has helped me transition.

People's supportive commenting about art shows, etc in this group couldn't be more generous. I know sometimes mine have been blunt and to the point.…

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Safety on the Highway

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 9:50am 26 Comments

I have decided to write about some safety trips, as I drive a 40' motorhome all over the eastern half of the US, and there have been some very eventful experiences over the years. When I speak to others about traveling safely, I am always shocked at the danger people put themselves into, without giving it a second thought, many times for the sake of vanity.

 

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Square V Paypal Swipe FYI

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 10:22am 16 Comments

Over the years I have always looked for upgrades, better service, better pricing, etc re: credit cards. AND no, this is not an advertisement for either, it's an FYI.

I was part of the test for Paypal's similar program to the Square before they introduced it to everyone. (yes I had the SAIL too...but that proved to be way too limiting and according to Verifone they did that on purpose to get you hooked so you would purchase into a larger program with them, per the phone conversation I…

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ADA Compliant and general "White Space"

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 10:26am 9 Comments

I just returned from one of my most favorite places on earth to exhibit. We had a fantastic turn-out, sales were up 50% over any of the previous years sales figures and the event appears to finally have found it's "place".

I was all excited on Thursday's set-up, finally a tiny room that could barely hold 9 exhibitors with spaces 6' deep by 13' finally laid-out to fall in the ADA complaint category, and I was thankful on many fronts.

The main being that I suffer from a type of…

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At 8:53pm on February 23, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Carol.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us.  We all look forward to your participation here.  Also visit the "member map" and add your location.  We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.  Let's make this a dynamic site!

Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you.  That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds.  It's a great time-saver.
At 2:00pm on April 29, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
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Congrats on winning the Post of the Week Award - 4/29/2013.
At 9:15pm on June 11, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
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Thanks for your pledge, Carol. I appreciate your support for our websites that help us with our mission of helping artists earn a living in our crazy business.
At 4:23pm on June 29, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
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Carol, thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2015 Pledge Drive.
At 2:54pm on August 17, 2015, Bari Tarmon said…

HI Carol,

I sent you a reply to your e-mail from this morning, (August 17) regarding logo design but I got a "Mail Delivery System" message that it could not be delivered.

Could you please e-mail me again so I can re-send my reply,

Thanks,

Bari Tarmon

At 5:42pm on January 18, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
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Happy new year, Carol. Thanks for playing Secret Santa!
At 11:49pm on June 21, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
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Carol, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive.
At 1:59pm on September 09, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
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Thank you, Carol, for referring Jan Quarles to Art Fair Insiders.
At 9:42pm on May 25, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
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Thank you, Carol, for referring Jennifer Falkowski to Art Fair Insiders.

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