After the busy run up to Christmas with orders and enquiries January has given us some respite to catch our breath and plan for the year ahead.
We have begun our AOTW programme whereby we focus on an artist/photographer each week highlighting their work and asking them to contribute to the blog. This is a very popular way of getting people to look at your work and comment on your profiles. So far this year we have shown the work of Howard Kovach who creates really interesting digiart, his MM2 is one of our favourites.
This week is the photographer Matt Pinner. Matt has an extensive following on twitter and very cleverly takes screen shots of his images on the Homepage to show his followers with links through to the image and encouraging people to buy the image.
This is also a strategy Stephen Banks employs to spectacular effect which keeps our presses printing his work week on week. It cannot be understated how vital it is to add the link, key words with # tags and say clearly ‘click the link to buy’, it seems so simple but it can and does work. If you wish to be our AOTW on a specific week then please email us and we will see if we can schedule it in.
The feedback we have received from the buying public and our creatives on added functionality is now being implemented on the website. This week you may see blips and changes whilst they are being worked on and once they are completed and working we will let you know what has changed. The most important changes will be the products you can now but prints on. Whilst we firmly believe that aluminium is the future as seen in nearly all the contemporary art fairs and exhibitions from David Hockney’s iPad drawings to Ai Wei Wei and Sebastiao Salgado there is a strong market for framed work which will be an in-house service.
Events for the coming the coming year will be a collective of Shed contributors in March in the new studio/gallery space in Barcelona, Spain. A ‘Broadchurch’ inspired exhibition in the Salthouse in West Bay itself in May and our annual Summer Exhibition in Lyme Regis over the August Bank Holiday. If you wish to be considered for any of these events then please make sure your collections are current and tagged once we announce the details over the coming weeks.
It’s going to be a busy and exciting year and both Ben and I look forward to working in partnership with you all to help promote and sell your work.
Chelsea and Ben