As part of my role as newsletter editor for Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts, I try to develop ideas for marketing our products and our shop to a wide audience. Our 17 (the current number) local artists in clay, wood, fiber, jewelry, basketry/gourds, and mixed media are enjoying excellent sales in this post-Black Friday time period. But we'd like to give our fans a taste of talents.
To that end, I am making myself CRAZY!!!!! We decided to put together a Holiday Gift Guide with photos that represent that various talents of our artists. I'm using Mosaic Maker from BigHugeLabs to create a mosaic of our work by genre. Easier said than done. I NEED PHOTOS of the work of all our artists.
Some of our artists have an online presence; some do not. The ones that do allow me to "pull" their photos from those websites; others have sent their photos via email. I've taken more while working at the Gallery. Problem is......some work, some don't; some are too big; some are too tall or too wide. The Mosaic Maker has its limitations, and so do I. And I can't create the mosaics until I have all the photos by genre from the various artists, because Mosaic Maker will not save it for future editing - you have to start all over from scratch. It's a BEAUTIFUL program (with limitations!)
Here's one I made from Sara Westermark's jewelry:
and here's the first one I did with our three basketmakers / gourd artists Dianne Masi, Melanie Walter, and Dory Maier.
More to come as the photos roll in - or as I take more tomorrow and Thursday.