Happy Friday my friends!
I just wanted to clear something up here. I already did so on Facebook yesterday. I was contacted by the rep of artist Cindy Ann Ganaden of Blu Penny to let me know that i had been using her clients purse in my promotional photos which was misleading – as being an artist myself folks would naturally believe that i had painted/designed the purse.
Purse Design by Cindy Ann Ganaden and notebook by Ecojot
I guess it was an honest mistake since I am an artist you may have assumed it was my bag. In any case I want to clear up any misunderstanding and sincerely apologize to Cindy. I bought the purse at Homesense on a discount table. There wasn’t any tag or labelling which mentioned who the artist was or the licensing company otherwise I would have mentioned the artist and company – Creative Co-op. I simply bought the purse because i loved the words “be fearless” and it seemed to epitomize what i was attempting to convey. Lesson learned.
After checking out Cindy’s gorgeous work I could see there was some similarity to our art! Fun, whimsical and inspirational! Cindy even has a book out called “Just us Girls” – about crafting with your daughters. Looks like it would be a wonderful Christmas gift for Mom’s or Grandmothers.
It’s funny but 5 or 6 years ago when i attended the Craft and Hobby Association Trade show in Anaheim California I pitched a similar idea to a publisher for Grandmothers and grandkids crafts. The idea was rejected back then. I suppose my timing was off.
My purse story
Here is my purse story……about 15 years ago I began to paint purses. I used vinyl train cases as the base – had to sand the vinyl and then basecoat the purse in gesso THEN paint the design on. It took anywhere from 5 to 8 hours to paint a purse.
The purses were featured in the local paper and in a Vancouver Entertainment newspaper. It would seem i was ahead of my time AGAIN….and couldn’t figure out how to mass produce the purses. Back then i didn’t know about licensing or where to begin looking at that opportunity.
I attended the Vancouver Gift show and paid for a booth to showcase my purses. Everyone loved them but were not willing to pay the price for an original piece of art – the attendees were retailers looking for wholesale items.
At the show i was scoped out by folks from the California Gift show and was invited to purchase a booth at their tradeshow but at the time I thought it was too much money to invest in a booth, pay for flights and hotel room. Had I taken that risk I might have been discovered by a licensing company (that’s my intuition talking) and who knows where I would be today! I remember people stopping me on the streets or even stopping their cars in the middle of the road and run up to me to ask “where did you get that purse?”! It was a common occurrence. Shortly after that more and more decorated purses were coming out in the marketplace – even Michaels Craft store got on the bandwagon and sold blank purses and purse kits so that crafters could make their own bags.
Timing really is of the essence. I guess one of my biggest lessons from all of that is to keep “asking” until i get my answer. If I hadn’t given up and kept asking rather than eventually throwing my hands up in the air my products might have been everywhere. But I do believe that there is a reason for everything.
Still totally haven’t figured that one out yet but I’m sure i will soon!
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Love, Violette xo