The Package Matters.

Well, at least when you’re talking about merchandise.

Bad packaging can mean the difference between “wow, I love this store” or “are there monkeys running this place??” I’ve experienced it as a consumer as well, where you order a product and it shows up in a baggie or some other half-assed packaging and it does not do the product any favours.

I thought for a while about how I was going to package my accessories and jewelry. I had these neat little coffins printed out before, which are great for something that actually fits in them. I figured I’d bundle them with some pretty cellophane and that would be it. The issue is that most of the jewelry and accessories I make don’t fit in them – so I may just make bigger versions for figurines etc.

I’ve settled with black shiny heat seal zipper bags and some labels I’ve designed which are a lower key version of my logo.

Original logo here ^^

Packaging version ^^

I removed the colour because I’m printing these myself for now (I will eventually splurge and get them done professionally once I sell more stuff!).

I’m kind of proud of how this project is coming along. I needed the packaging to be affordable but also look nice. I’m thinking of also designing some bonus stickers to tuck into the bags but that will have to be when I have more cash to play with. Tonight I print and assemble it all, and finally get some organization of my stock underway.

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Just a Bit of Shameless Self-Promotion

I am slowly getting my artwork up onto my website. It’s taking time to get it all organized, and it’s an interesting experiment checking the traffic. I found out that someone tried to buy one of my paintings three times, while Stripe had assumed that there was suspicious activity on my account and closed it without telling me. I’m kind of sore about the loss of the sale to be honest, but it isn’t like they’ll compensate me. So far, traffic to the site has been good, which is promising. It’s only been live for around 1.5 months.

Anyway, here is what I have there so far in my art section. There’s also a growing jewelry and accessories section which I’m currently working on some things for. Feel free to have a look around!

At the moment the site is only set up to ship to US and Canada but you can drop me a line at velvetembersstore@gmail and we can figure something out.

Lucinda

https://velvetembers.squarespace.com/art/lucinda-acrylic-on-canvas

“He’ll Make a Man Out of You”

https://velvetembers.squarespace.com/art/hell-make-a-man-out-of-you

“Midnight Radio”

https://velvetembers.squarespace.com/art/midnight-radio

“Changes”

https://velvetembers.squarespace.com/art/changes-acrylic-on-canvas-24-x-18

“Achall”

https://velvetembers.squarespace.com/art/achall

“Aodnait”

https://velvetembers.squarespace.com/art/aodnait

“Gaothaire”

https://velvetembers.squarespace.com/art/gaothaire

Slowly Getting There.

Having my own website/store is exciting. It’s also terrifying, and a lot of work when you don’t have someone like Etsy calculating everything for you. I’m pushing through, though. Trying hard to find time to promote my stuff (hardest part isn’t the promotion though, it’s finding time outside of a full time job to work on the art and accessories) is tricky.

It started with necklaces,  now some bat bows. I have started making hair flower clips as well, and have some earrings planned. I am going to delve into some soaps soon, ones made from natural ingredients with fun themes and scents. I also have some of my art for sale on there, and am planning to also add any future sculpture. In the end it will be a meshing of all of my hobbies (I hope).

I just finished another commission – the last of the ones I had piled up – and will now be able to find more time to focus on building stock. Also hoping to get out to some sort of show or two this summer, but we shall see what August brings.

For anyone curious enough to check out how the site is coming along so far – here is the link!

Velvet Embers – Accessories and Art for the Strange at Heart.

Fifty Years of Pride

I am working on a painting currently that is so much more than simply a painting. A friend approached me and asked if I could paint an album cover for him, and I excitedly said yes.

Once he told me what he wanted and what it was for I got even more excited. He’s putting together an album of queer-positive punk music from his younger years, and wanted to get it out and available before Pride Month is over, as a commemorative to Stonewall.

Fifty years later, the battles are (at least for some) slightly less, but there is still a long, long way to go. Nobody should ever decide who you should love, and it’s far overdue for everyone to understand this. I, for one, am proud to be a part of something like this. Pictures and links to the album to come later.

Back on Track!

So, life has been a rollercoaster for quite some time.  I struggle with the balance of the day job I need in order to survive, and making time to create and build my business so that maybe someday I will be able to leave a life of autopilot.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate having a job, especially in today’s work climate – but when I’m working on something creative, I’m sparked in a way that nothing else can do for me.  It’s addictive, and when I go without it too long, my mindstate starts to erode.  I become frustrated far more easily, and days spent at work seem so much longer.  Recently I’ve made an adjustment to allow myself to jump into art anytime I feel like it, and the fruits have been showing.

I finally got all the materials to try sculpting Polymer pendants, just black clay with mica embellishments to give them a little bit of flair, and this past weekend I finally found time to play with the clay.  I am so glad I did, though I wish I could be doing this for more hours of the day.  Seeing these little pieces come together, and watching my method and skill improve a little with each one is encouraging.

There are a few more products accessory-wise that I want to create, but this is a start. Soon I can get that online store together and finally take advantage of that business license I spent money on!

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