Warwick Press 2008: New Books & Books in Print
This new catalogue is fresh off the ink jet printer. Full of new
information(answering such questions as: why the ducks? how does a
Standing Order work? what are the newest books published?) as well as
illustrations showing sample pages from most of Carol's work in
print. The catalogue cover is illustrated and and water colored by
Carol. The 20-page catalogue also lists upcoming book fairs where one
can see the work and meet Carol in person. Go to the contact page,
fill out the form, and you will receive a catalogue in the mail,
How to Feel Good as an Artist or Craftsperson
1. Rarely compare yourself to anyone else. Each of us has our own unique qualities. Generally, it’s enough to be our own worst competition.
2. Learn early on that our families, particularly our parents, don’t have a clue what we do. Be kind. Be firm. Let them know that you are respected by your peers and occasionally show them work that is within their realm of understanding. Do not show them work that would make them despise you or call you a pornographer. (You can tell I had some issues with my mother here.)
3. If you are lucky, you will have a long and productive life with your art and craft. Your work will develop over time and you will always be thinking up new projects for your future. When you look back over thirty years, you will be amazed at how much terrific and meaningful work you accomplished. It will say to you, “Yes, I did this. It reflects ME.”
4. For the most part, stick with what you know but don’t be afraid to try new techniques or if all else fails, keep your creative juices alive by branching out into another field. (There are many ways to fulfillment, grasshopper.)
5. Quietly value your very own expertise. Practice your skills every day.
6. Be sensible about money. You need it to pay the rent, buy food and can use it to make other people’s lives better. So charge a fair price for good work, done on time. Do not be ashamed about charging for your talents.
7. Being an artist or craftsperson sets us apart from the norm so you can expect to have societal pressures. Most of them you will impose onto yourself. Get a grip. Be strong.
8. Do work that you love. Do work that is satisfying. Take on work that is challenging. Learn with each new job.
9. A difficult client can make us expand ourselves. Take a deep breath when asked to change a design and say, “I would suggest doing the job this way. If you would like this changed, then I will do it for you. “ Then produce the job, and put in a “Pain-in-the-Ass” charge, otherwise known in the trade as a PITA charge. (Do not note the PITA charge on the bill, however.)
10. Be careful with your expectations. Work hard but remember to enjoy a walk around the block, or take time to read for fun, or go to an exhibit at your favorite museum. I highly recommend daily daydreaming.