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Lookee what I got today! 15 paperbacks for only about 12 cents each!
Used book stores are so cool. I left my business card with them and told them to keep me in mind whenever they have surplus to dispose of from now on. I can definitely use it :) And whatever scraps are leftover that I don’t use for the current project I’m using these for, will be saved and used for other projects or sent to the recycler.
As the guy at the counter was bagging these up for me I said, “I think these might be enough for the project I’m making right now. I might be back soon though.” He laughed and gave me a weird look, raising one eyebrow. Art is awesome.
Last month, a customer ordered a set of my paperback book ornament sculptures from my Etsy shop. I made them, shipped them off, and left feedback. Pretty normal transaction, right?
Well, she then proceeded to send me a message via Etsy and asked if I would be interested in making a custom order for her of about 100 – 125 of them as wedding favors for her guests at her September 2011 wedding. What? Oh, wow! I was honored and flattered that she wanted MY art in her wedding, her special day. I messaged her back, “Of course! That sounds awesome!”
Fast forward one month and countless emails later… She has paid her deposit on the ornaments and I am in full swing of making 120 of these little bad boys. She has requested 60 sphere-shaped ones and 60 diamond-shaped ones, all with navy ribbon. She’s also had shipped to me 120 beautiful little labels with her and her fiance’s names and the date of the wedding on them, and 120 3x3x3″ one-piece gift boxes so I can individually box each ornament before shipping them to her.
Here’s a picture that I emailed her the other night of two of the ornaments that I’ve made so far so she could see how they looked with the navy ribbon and the raspberry colored labels on them:
Within the emails going over details and logistics of the favors and the shipping and the customization, I found out she wasn’t even planning on having any sort of favor at her wedding in the first place until she saw my item in my Etsy shop. The theme of their wedding is “Book of Love” and she just couldn’t resist these once she saw them. I thought that was so cool! She loved my ornaments so much that it prompted her to not only have favors, but also spend even more money on labels and individual boxes for them!
I have lots and lots of work to do before September. 120 ornaments is no small task, you know? BUT, I hope to make this just the *first* of my custom orders for wedding favors… I’m gonna try to publicize these like crazy. What a good market to get in, huh? I’m gonna make sure I request that her wedding photographer get some good pictures of these babies on the tables at her reception so I can put together an awesome portfolio.
I thought maybe I’d start a little mini column here on VixenInc Art featuring some of my artwork in its natural environment- people’s homes. I was recently emailed a couple photos of items on display in my friend’s home (things that she ordered off my Etsy page). I wanted to share with you, my loyal readers, what it could look like if you, too, were to purchase my junk. I mean, my artwork.
Doesn’t this look like a photo from a magazine?? How awesome does my little book sculpture look with Crystal’s decor? I mean, sure, not everyone has a perfect little display of thingies like that up on their mantel or sideboard (I know I don’t, but I like to tell myself her house isn’t really so put-together that she has displays like this just lounging around all the time. She totally set this stuff up just for the photo, right? RIGHT? sigh…), but look how the little book sculpture really ties the room together!! Yep, that’s all it took- MY artwork.
Here’s another photo she sent me- she even added a couple of iPhone special effects to make it all artsy and junk! I think it’s pretty :)
I’m totally jealous of her pretty perfume bottle collection and her YELLOW walls. Mmmmm… yellow… so pretty…
Anyways, thanks Crystal!! Super awesome photos!! If this doesn’t totally make me famous, I don’t know what will :)
I use about 50 pages at a time for each half of the sculpture, then glue them together at the spine, and fan them out as best as I can. I haven’t been doing it long and none of my folds have been very complicated so far, but I’ll keep at it. I really like the simplicity of these sculptures that I’ve made so far, though.
(Click on the images below to get a much closer up view)