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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?

Thanks!

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gythiawulfie
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.
versailles_rose
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.
stonetalker
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?
versailles_rose
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)
stonetalker
Oct. 13th, 2015 10:08 pm (UTC)
I think I'm seeing a trend...
ellenmillion
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.
stonetalker
Oct. 13th, 2015 11:23 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Very good points, thanks!
acelightning
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
stonetalker
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?
acelightning
Oct. 15th, 2015 10:52 am (UTC)
Yup, that's about what I meant :-D

Looks pretty unanimous here...

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