About Liana

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Brisbane, Australia
My studio is located in Brisbane, Australia. For the past 10 years I’ve been enjoying creating jewellery designs from an array of mundane materials. Tupperware and knitting needles have remained a firm favourite. My designs have been published numerous times, graced the shelves of many wonderful galleries and stores and been worn by those whose aren’t afraid of colour and attention. All of which I am very grateful for. For several years I’ve also been fortunate enough to work with many businesses as a coach and workshop facilitator.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Making Money & Making Art

Things are a little quiet. Up until the last few weeks I haven't really stopped. Not that I have stopped now. I have a large US order to fill, an exhibition piece to finish, and a couple of restocks due. But in comparison to how things have rolled along until now, it is a little quiet.

This is a good and bad thing. The bad is obvious (lack of income and all that), but I'd rather focus on the good. For the first time in soooo long I actually have time to design/make some new work, and I have to say that ideas are really starting to flow.

Finding a balance between making money and making art/craft/design or whatever, is tricky. I don't think these things are mutually exclusive, but you do have to develop some different skills. I believe that marketing and financial skills are just as important as artistic ability and vision. That is if you plan to be around for the long haul. I just hope that I can pull it off(?).

image above - necklace - in progress

1 comment:

Arthur's Circus said...

I would have to agree, it's hard finding a balance and being good at more things than you could imagine when creating and running your own business...and trying to make a living. PS: I've just posted a new pic of your jewellery in our shop.