How to Make Your Own Artist Merchandise
Taught by Beth Hommel
Beth Hommel has been a professional photographer for half her life. She shoots headshots, candids, swanky charity events, rock concerts and weddings, but her passion is creating unique portraits of interesting people. Her photographs can be found in magazines and newspapers worldwide as well as on e-commerce sites, in pro-equality propaganda, in a Neil Gaiman/Amanda Palmer fine art book, and hanging on the walls of many satisfied portrait clients.
Over the years Beth's shot hundreds of people including politicians, actors, artists, and musicians, but her favorite subject is her camera-shy fiancee Kayla.
Are you a musician, performer or visual artist who wants to start selling your own merch but can't figure out where to start? Or do you have some items already, but they aren't selling and you'd like to know why?
On day one, we'll talk about why you need merch, what items are most popular, how product gets made, the do's and don'ts of merch, and how to mine your own work for inspiration for a great design.
On day two, we'll dive in to merch production by taking your simple designs and creating reusable stencils. Each student will leave the class with their very first merch item (a tee or tote bag) as well as the know-how to produce their own start-up merch line to sell online
and at shows.
Even if you start this class knowing nothing about merchandise, you'll leave with the tools to start your own DIY product line!
(Class size: 12, lecture, discussion and hands on. First session is 90 minutes, second session is 2 hours.)