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Hive Mind--Input Requested, Please?

Hive mind:

When buying a work of art from an independent artist, does a story explaining the piece make it mean more to you than just your appreciation of the piece?

Is the background information in the online listing enough?
Would a printed card accompanying the piece when you received it be appreciated?
Would you prefer a handwritten note explaining the piece and thanking you for your patronage?



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Oct. 13th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
Me Personally?
I like to hear the artist's story about why they made what they made.

Outside of that, the piece will represent something different to me entirely because I bought it because it struck a personal chord with me in some fashion.

So it is a 50/50 really. It ads value to the piece, but the appreciation was already there on another level.

Best as I can sum it up.
Oct. 13th, 2015 06:21 pm (UTC)
I'd love to know the background and story of the piece of art that I was buying. Just the information in the listing is not really enough(for me, anyway).

A card explaining the work would be nice, but the artist wouldn't have to go so far as to sending a thank you note. But its a nice thought.
Oct. 13th, 2015 06:42 pm (UTC)
So maybe a printed card explaining some of the symbolism, and then on the back a quick "Thanks for your purchase! The (fill-in-the-blank) pattern (or color or what have you) is always one of my favorites." and then signed?
Oct. 13th, 2015 08:44 pm (UTC)
Yes! That would be very nice. Personally I really like that.

I rarely have the funds to buy art in any form, but my parents liked and bought paintings by Grayden Mayer. He'd always make sure a 3x5 card went along with his paintings. I remember one purchase my parents made. The painting is a watercolor called 'Bluebells along the Susquehanna River". The card talked about how Mr Mayer lived near that river and always looked forward to the spring and the bluebells. =) I keep it with the painting.

Edited at 2015-10-13 08:46 pm (UTC)
Oct. 13th, 2015 10:08 pm (UTC)
I think I'm seeing a trend...
Oct. 13th, 2015 11:02 pm (UTC)
I love knowing the background, and it makes a difference in my purchasing behavior. What I suggest comes with the art would depend greatly on what the pricerange of the item was - with a high-end limited edition print or original, I think a card with information about it is a really nice touch. With a sticker, it's overkill. A hand-written signature or brief 'thanks!' would be enough for me, the whole thing doesn't have to be.
Oct. 13th, 2015 11:23 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Very good points, thanks!
Oct. 14th, 2015 04:00 am (UTC)
I'm always fascinated to know the story behind any particular artwork. Just a paragraph on a card may be enough. I love knowing that the ceramic goblet was inspired by the shape of a junked truck transmission, or the music came from listening to distant train whistles, or the painting of a piece of driftwood in the moonlight came about because the artist had just had a wonderful sexual experience on the beach :-D
Oct. 14th, 2015 01:22 pm (UTC)
So, a printed card that had examples of the repeating patterns on the piece, for example; the moss represented the moss on the rocks at home, the cable represented the ropes with which the men worked... and then on the back of said card, a quick handwritten note, such as, "The glaze really makes this piece pop! Thank you for your interest in my work," or something to that effect, yes?
Oct. 15th, 2015 10:52 am (UTC)
Yup, that's about what I meant :-D

Looks pretty unanimous here...

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