Hi, I've have a website www.gurgel-segrillo.com and use Facebook for several years... but didn't want to plug my work as a contemporary jewellery designer-maker too much, felt a bit uncomfortable with it as mine was a personal profile... even so, as I work with jewellery full-time and love it, it was unavoidable not to mention, got a few much-appreciated commissions...Nooo Farmville for me, thanks, only app I use is Spare-a-Click.
But I have recently created an 'artist' page Gurgel-Segrillo and being it a page, not a profile, it's quite different (no pokes :-) and I am getting wonderful feedback, which I love, as I do not sell from my workshop, all through galleries... it is so nice to read people's comments and ideas.
Of course, as anything else it involves work- one must keep the page 'alive' in order to attract and keep interest.
I can also 'Like' other pages to connect with other makers, with galleries, museums etc and get info via the newsfeed- that's how I've found about kiti and caboodle. Last but not least, I've already got some FB orders, too. yay!
Hello there! yes, FB orders are different in that I 'see' the person commissioning work, have some interaction with him/her, even more than with my website orders... But the love and care I pour into making the pieces is the same however the order comes in plus I am hugely grateful to be able to make my living through something I adore.
Because I mainly sell through galleries, I have no contact with the customer. To the question why not opening an outlet of some kind: 'oh, no, selling is another art' has been my answer. I admire, respect and value their work immensely, but it is lovely to get more direct feedback, being it when ordering or not even. Just the simple comments on my FB page Gurgel-Segrillo (see, I read a lot about SEO recently :-) do feed me with encouragement, as it is not easy.
As I am having a major headache with one particular gallery, started reading everything I could find about selling art/crafts and was surprised to know that the usual deal with gallery representation for Art includes that the gallery should disclose the buyer's contact details (of course, right? for future exhibitions, in order to track the painting, sculpture...). Well, does anyone here have this service offered by the galleries representing them in jewellery, I'd be curious to know? sorry, going off the subject :-)
As for Spare a Click