Over the past year or two, I've started to really step up my game with Resolute Framing.
Keeping the balance right is a little tricky being this is still, technically, a hobby job I do in between my proper job (funnily enough as a framer) but I need to make sure I continue to get my name out there, and build up a reputation and a client base ready for when I can open the doors on my own studio and do this thing I love full time.
My first outing with some framed art to sell was setting up a small table of wares at the home game roller derby bouts organised by the team my fiancée played for at the time. It was only in Southend, so not too far for me to travel and I didn't have a great deal of stuff which made life easy. I didn't know what to expect or how it would go, but to my delight the response was positive, and I decided from then on, to attend as many of the home games as possible.
Fast forward a bit, and with increasing demand for custom framing, and a growing collection of framed art, I decided take the plunge and scale up a bit, from a small table set up to a proper booth affair at a large scale show.
In May of this year, I attended the Great British Tattoo Show, at London's Alexandra Palace.
I won't lie, it was a little daunting considering the scale of the event and the cost! However, I knew I had a great selection of product, I had complete faith in my quality and my ability and it was just a case of seeing what happens.
Thankfully the reception I received was incredible. I shared my love of framing with a bunch of awesome people, a lot of whom left with some incredible framed art and some of those people I can happily call friends now.
So now what's the plan?
Well, I have my very first set up at the famous Old Spitalfields Market in London on the 25th October, which I hope to make a regular thing.
I'll have a selection of framed art available in varying sizes and budgets, as well as a selection of loose prints including a brand new series from an incredibly talented artist Liz Sterry.
I met Liz through my fiancée. They used to skate on the same roller derby team for a time, before Liz decided to leave to concentrate on her freestyle skating, where she now hits the skateparks (along with Becky, my other half) where they throw themselves around as part of the Essex chapter of Chicks In Bowls.
Liz has been drawing for Inktober, and we've selected five of her current batch to be produced as a Limited Edtion print.
Each print will be a fine art Giclee, printed onto museum quality 280gms acid free paper stock and will be hand signed and numbered by Liz in an edition size of 50 of each image.
Come along to my stall at Spitalfields Market on the 25th to be the first to grab one or all of the 5 different prints available. If you can't make it, not to worry, they will also be available from my online store a few days after.
Hope you all have an excellent Halloween, and I do hope to see some of your wonderful faces at Spitlafields next weekend.