Polyvore for Makers

 

handwoven top by amber kane

If you sell wearable products (and especially if you sell online) you probably hear customers saying “I don’t know what I have in my closet that will go with your work.”

Or they just aren’t sure how your sculpture, mug, or  painting will look in their house. Without a shadow of a doubt you know that it will be good… but without awkwardly showing up at their house one day to prove it to them, you’re not sure what to do.

My clients loved when I started creating full outfits based on my designs. It helped them to see a look come together and made it much easier for them to picture it in their closet (then pull out their credit card).

You can do the same thing. If you make clothing or accessories, you can create something like the image above. And if you create sculptures, housewares, or art that hangs on the walls, you can create rooms featuring their work.

I use a site called Polyvore to create all of these images. It’s super easy and user friendly. Sign up for your free account and get started.

Want to go deeper? Inside pinterest perfect I walk you through creating your pins, and help you uncover what your customer is looking for.

Amber KaneMy creative practice is far from the traditional weaver. When warping the loom I never count the ends, I just go until I feel that it's time to stop. I don't follow patterns, I allow and sometimes encourage the yarn to move as it wraps around the front beam. If a string breaks, I work it into the piece. I create from my soul. I speak to the yarn as we weave together, striving to create the perfect connection, and when we become in sync a fabulous scarf, full of honesty, joy, and personality emerges.


Amber Kane - Fabricated Ends

Sharing your Products

handwoven tunic by amber kane


Last week was the first week of school. As a kid, I always hated when teachers stood in the front of the room on the first day and read us the syllabus, therefore I vowed to never do that in my own classroom.

Instead, we dive in and start creating. On Thursday I presented the first official project to my AP class, they quickly became their own worst enemy… giving themselves too many options, and distracting themselves with things that didn’t even matter.

We all do this, and not just in the classroom. When it comes to sharing your work, you probably get tripped up on what to share. You probably share photos of the process and the finished product, which might result in a lot of likes, but not a lot of sales.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share ways for you to market and share your products and services that will help your future customer or client to better understand and visualize having your work in their life.

Sound good?

PS: Next, I’m going to tell you how I created that image above, featuring one of my handwoven tops. And if you want to enroll in one of my online classes on marketing, just click the banner image at the end of the post!

Amber KaneMy creative practice is far from the traditional weaver. When warping the loom I never count the ends, I just go until I feel that it's time to stop. I don't follow patterns, I allow and sometimes encourage the yarn to move as it wraps around the front beam. If a string breaks, I work it into the piece. I create from my soul. I speak to the yarn as we weave together, striving to create the perfect connection, and when we become in sync a fabulous scarf, full of honesty, joy, and personality emerges.


Amber Kane - Fabricated Ends