BAZAAR * FOLKLORICO * TRAINING
See the world and make a million doing it! I * M * A * G * I * N * E Young People, traveling the world, Finding Local artists in Faraway places, upgrading their ethnic, native designs so the items are UTILITARIAN to westerners, to NORTHERN HEMISPHERE buyers. Decor, fashion, jewelry, toys, fun stuff! Imagine taking the free training then becoming an international traveler & buyer, a collector of FOLKLORE.... Then wholesaling the artisanry to boutiques, posh department stores, teaching kids stateside to paint, sew, collage, design, then to agent, to peddle to wholesale, to do swap meets and farmers' markets, grabbing the money and winging off to a new village in AFRICA or BALI or ASIA!
TRADING in FINE ARTS can be done, even by PEOPLE who have not studied art. Go slowly, design simply at first. Offer your First, trial forays at swap meets or farmers’ markets. Paint on stretched cotton. SEARCH TERMS at Google image like "NAIVE ART, PRIMITIVE ART. " OUTSIDER ART. MODERN ART, GRAFFITI ART. Search for other terms. Might be ‘stretcher bars’ & how to put them together to staple canvas on a square. CREATE an outdoor GALLERY with cafe, musicians, showcasing artisans, importers, exporters, cooks, candy/ cookie bakers. Utilize your whole community. Use the neighborhood high school or church’s parking lot and use the INTERNET and local newspaper to do publicity!
PICTURE YOURSELF running the biggest, most famous COMMUNAL ART GALLERY in your town, a place that has rooms full of artisans, galleries, exhibitions, great food, music and talented traders/ importers that you located using the fabulous resource CRAIGS LIST.
Imagine a raucous, happy place with live Mariachi musicians and a fantastic ethnic cafe. Feature doing it with the PROPERTY's rent or house payment split between the 50 artisans who show their work, collectibles there. How can you lose? The answer is, you cannot! And if you're smart, they're paying the rent and you end up owning this old mansion!
I first saw this business in Mexico City in the antique posh SAN ANGEL on the southern side of the city, near COYOACAN, two incredibly lush zones where FRIDA KAHLO and DIEGO RIVERA once lived. BAZAAR SABADO it is called as it was open Saturdays, later Sundays also. But yours could be open seven days a week if you put small job merchandise under glass in locked cabinets in main room and had twenty rooms as these people did. Some enterprising guy found an old hacienda, bigger than Frida and Diego's simple Mexican home, I'd gauge from memory, it had a dozen or more big, high ceiling rooms downstairs and ten large bedrooms upstairs. This savvy guy turned it into an artisan's commune and it's been up and running for 52 years!
Every fab, inspired artist in Mexico City began to show their handmade jewels, clothes, decor, furniture and made their retail 'chops' there.
Call your communal art shop BAZAAR FOLKLORICO or PRIMITIVE LIMITED, or VASCO de GAMA shops. Do it with all the artists being equal partners in the profits, and with each artist geting to keep 100% of the sales of his art and just pay an equal share in the rent, utilities and clerk's salary. Find 50 artists to share rent on an Artisanry Shop/gallery. Find a big old house zoned for biz district. Several artists share space in each room.
This can be a huge, famous Tourist attraction week-ends. Have musicians liven the shopping up for the tourists. Mariachis would be the ideal! Or Mayan Marimba bands, or Cuban Fusion, Hindu sarangi music, Ravi Shankar type bands. Different ethnic musicians is the concept as this is a PANTHEISTIC kind of FOLKORE joint. You pay the musicos a minimum amt to show up and they can hand out their cards, get hired for parties. Or, salary them if you get rich!
The Food can be a mix of Hindu, Mexican, Pacific, Cross over. Fusion. Call it The Lost Continent of MU and make it PACIFICA. Easter Island, China, Philiippines, Indonesia, Bali, Africa and India.
Best bet is to buy the land/house FIRST. Find an old old house, multiple large rooms, and it must be zoned for RETAIL, and hey, a lot of BIG OLD homes are on a main drag. Then find the artisans. They each pay a small 'rent' monthly and that helps you, the producer, make the monthly house payments.
Then get the CRAIGS LIST ads out and find your artisans. Put the ads in many areas of Craigs list. "FINANCIAL SERVICES" as it is an area where people go to manage their fortunes, to do investment Put a few ads in CREATIVE GIGS as unemployed artists are looking for work, there.
SO to get the down payment, you may have to let in twenty partners, so start an LLC or create "SHARES IN A LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, 36 shares maximum,) and sell those shares. READ PROSPECTUS, on HOW to write one. A prospectus gets one in 3 people to invest, out of the group you show it to.
DARE TO MAKE YOUR LIFE A WORK OF ART!
You painted, you wrote poems, you sewed your own clothes, you grew flowers and made bouquets, you cook like a 4 star chef and did this all your life. You wrote fabulous stories and got A's in Creative writing in school. Your greeting cards were hand made, the POEMS all by YOU! Your home is decorated so ingeniously it looks like the atelier of a great artist yet you got a job as ….. WHAT????? You got a job as a bank clerk? WHY? CUZ It paid well? ? There you are --so super talented that folks beg to buy paintings off your walls and all you do all day is add up strangers’ checkbooks for free? Honey, you're dying on the vine! Take a stand. Leap off a cliff. DARE to join VAN GOGH, MATISSE, ROUSSEAU, HEMINGWAY! DUFY (shown here ) TALENT is a curse if you can’t explore it regularly. It bangs on the inside of your head. Nothing sadder than having it and burying it in the ground. I mean one COULD -- but that would be taking the first three or four decades of our life and all those great, developing artistic sensibilities and experience and burying THEM! Showing no reverence for the God-Given talent that is yours!
What would you be concentrating on that's so great? Being a bank clerk? Buying property? Driving new cars? TALENT is a river and it will burst out of all dams.I know of what I speak. My novels and poems languish in boxes. As to write is a passion, -- any writing at all, I write website text on how to get lucky in love. And how to tie-dye pillows and how to paint and make a terrific living and various and sundry other, new age careers.
Having submitted books, articles and scripts to all sides when I had postage money, I FIND THAT moving art into the public eye takes more work than creating the art! You have to know how to hit the street, hustle, pitch and SELL. Get represented by an agent. Etc. What can we resolve about that problem?????
Do A LITTLE ART and sell it to friends TO EARN A LITTLE STAMP MONEY, maybe even some encouraging local (or internet) fame, some friendly praise, your family’s applause! Or just to save your soul from working at the BANK! Start by doing PHOTO SHOOTS on weekends. Headshots for actors, 500$, Portraits about the same
DEVELOP A TRADE ITEM! Ponder, what do you create that’s the most marketable? Have a trade item! It could be a pillow. One velvet pillow can bring you forty five dollars, or if you have a neighbor who is a chicken farmer, as I do, a year of fresh eggs. Save old textiles? MAKE VESTS for your pal’s booth at the craft market.
Your penchant for thrift store beads in unique colors, a buck a piece these days, but giving you dozens of beads from the 50’s,can become something startlingly VINTAGE! Yet modern. A HUNDRED DOLLAR NECKLACE that is unique, made of THRIFT STORE beads from a dozen old pieces that weren’t put together as right as you could do it!
OR SAY…your COOKIES are superb, your brownies chewy not dry. Consider a subscription delivery route for those babies. Your pals get the chocolate sweets delivered every Friday night. Their parties are covered. Use the cash to launch a catering biz, doing parties or THE MOVEABLE FEAST, carrying Red Riding Hood’s basket of sandwiches to corporate offices.Sell Fudge and brownies both on EBAY.
My neighbor Dorothy the cat lady does meticulous paintings of horses and kitties, and then transfers them to textile at the Xerox shop, and pumps out pillows! And sells them at different pet outlets. She is a member of every CAT rescue group around.She shows them at meetings and sells.
I used to tie dye lengths of velvet, in psychedelic patterns, then back it with PUFFY pillow FILLING, and then quilt it, the entire thing, but in pieces. First I’d quilt the sleeves, then back, front, all quilted. It became puffy, opulent huge cocktail jackets, lined in silk, with satin frogs on the front. Woulda made a great trade item. You looked a little like the PILLSBURY DOUGH BOY on ACID, wearing one. But it inspired one lady to pay me to do fabric for her small couch.
MUSIC IS A THOUGHT! Compose ballads you can play at a party, learn to burn them on CD’s and put them on line as MP3’s. Start a garage band or a stringed quartet. Explore back alley record stores to find fifties folk music records and learn the songs, to sing at a party. Who knows, that record producer at the bar may want to release you to the public.
PAINT CANVASES. We may be in the cash free zone and cannot afford oil paints and oil brushes, but to SKETCH costs nothing. CHARCOAL sticks cost nothing. And each SKETCH YOU SELL of your FRIEND, each PORTRAIT brings you SIX BUCKS, which is the cost of a single tube of OIL PAINT! Sketch on cheap paper -- newsprint quality, real sketch paper, cheaper than anything. DO NOT sketch on fine-grained papers. FOR PRACTICE, we get junk mail by the ton with blank backs! PRACTICE on the back of printed ads! Any blank paper will do. THE REAL ARTISTS developed in the beginning by working on their skill in sketching. Learning to draw with the 'right brain' they call it, is a skill.
THEN when you have a fine sketch, you can keep your model and switch into doing a painting. We pain on canvas. Frugal way probably a linen type or duck type FABRIC, even blue jeans...or stiff canvas, primed with rabbit glue or some other PRIMER. My mother used to use plain white water-based house paint to PRIME A STRETCHED CANVAS. FABRIC must be stretched firmly over stretcher bars, FIRST, as a primer will 'shatter' if it can move.
AFTER primer dries, paint the picture. NOT A LOT OF COST for merchandise but a picture can bring 70$ wholesale. 500$ if it’s good. A gal I know traded a nearly new SUV for one of her paintings. She was asking thirty k but decided a car was fine. Her work is geometric shapes of particle board, there’s a special name for it, MASONITE…. it’s thin and very hard. And these squares are colored but then there are brush splats on each piece. A sixteen year old with a band saw could copy the concept. She spray dotted it with inkblots, similar to the splats of DeKooning. Last I heard, she had a Big L.A. gallery hustling her constructions/paintings, a manager guiding her career and the head guy at our L.A. County Art Museum has been trying to buy one of her splatthingies. ANOTHER favorite artist of mine is PHOEBE BRUNNER, who has an online gallery to inspire you. Psychedelic landscapes! She sees sober what the rest of us only see on acid!
The idea is,between jobs, between marriages, give art a try. REGULARLY explore your top art forms. Paint on Canvas isn't the only one. Do you have any idea what they’re getting for a jar of jam these days? My pal does! She has a booth at the farmers’ market, gets 8$ a small four inch tall jar of her kiwi-lemon peel jam. It’s a mouth zinger and a true work of art. And she sells VINTAGE EBAY tablecloths at her stall, for twice what they cost her.And then she started taking the best vintage cloths, copying them. A Silk Screen company made stencils and now she turns them out on real linen for bigger bucks. Smithsonian and White House Gift shop are ordering her political ones.
The LAST RESORT for an artist who is all thumbs is to import gorgeousness from exotic climes. Do the IMPORTING ARTS, The entire seminar on import/export as a biz will be found at THE ARTISAN WEBSITE, also visit the website of MARLA MALLETT an Atlanta woman. She did this career to the nines and has links to every important art magazine, e-zine or school. This is like walking thru a museum. GO THERE.
Last, start making your apartment real gussied up. MAKE PILLOWS! Put big handmade tassles on the four corners. To be inspired in other textile arts, study the great decorators, MICHAEL TAYLOR, TONY DUQUETTE, Syrie Maugham. Google them, there are pages of the first two’s work, really posh creations online. Maugham’s work gets described, verbally. It’s still inspiring.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Our POSTER is ANITA SANDS HERNANDEZ, Los Angeles Writer, Mother of 4 and career Astrologer. Catch up with her websites TRUTHS GOV WILL HIDE & NEVER TELL YOU, also The FUTURE, WHAT'S COMIN' AT YA! FRUGAL LIFE STYLE TIPS, HOW TO SURVIVE the COMING GREAT DEPRESSION, and Secrets of Nature, HOLISTIC, AFFORDABLE HEALING. Also ARTISANRY FOR EXPORT, EARN EUROS....* Anita is at email@example.com ). Get a free natal horoscope "my money/future life" reading now + copy horoscope as a Gif file graphic! No smarter, more accurate destiny reading out there!
<=== BACK TO TRACKING THE ECONOMY, an INDEX PAGE
<===BACK TO MONEY SECRETS ONLY THE EXPERTS KNOW
<=== BACK TO SECRETS THE GOV DOES NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW
<===BACK TO THE SECRETS OF THE OLIGARCHS, THE EMPIRE INDEX PAGE
<=== SHOW ME THE FIX INDEX PAGE.
<== SHOW ME THE HAPPY R)EVOLUTION PAGE
<=== BACK TO "GUERILLA CAPITALISM" -- THE SOLUTION!
<==== BACK TO THE "VITAL SIGNS OF A DYING ECONOMY" the "FUTURE" WEBPAGE
<==== BACK TO THE WALL STREET MELTDOWN WEBSITE, with "WHAT TO DO TO SURVIVE" TIPS
<=== BACK TO ENRON PLANET, the DOOMSDAY SCENARIO!
<====BACK TO THE HOLISTIC GOURMET, BON MARCHE
<=== BACK TO THE GLEENERS PAGE
<== BACK TO THE FUTURE INDEX PAGE
<=== BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FARMER'S GARDEN INDEX
<=== INVESTIGATE DOING DRIP IRRIGATE- LINES in PUBLIC GARDENS as a CHARITY
<=== BACK TO "DONE WELL, ACTIVISM IS A DELIGHT and IT CREATES CAREERS for YOU as well as PLANETARY EVOLUTION"
<=== BACK TO THE MALTHUSIAN INDEX PAGE
<===BACK TO THE PHILOSOPHY INDEX PAGE
<=== BACK TO THE LUCK IN LOVE WEBSITE
<== BACK TO THE PROPAGANDA STUDIES WEBSITE, HOW GOV LIES TO YOU
<=== BACK TO ALL POINTS OF THE COMPASS POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY TUTORIAL
<=== BACK TO JERRY'S REFRIGERATOR & the Tin Foil Hat Collection of CONSPIRACY THEORIES!
<====BACK TO THE FREE MONEY WEBSITE
<==== BACK TO THE HARD TIMES WEBSITE
<===== BACK TO THE POVERTY INDEX PAGE
<== BACK TO THE SNOOKERED INDEX PAGE
<===BACK TO THE REALITY 101 SEMINAR FOR TEENS
<==== BACK TO THE SHOW BUSINESS PAGE, ARCHIVE, SEMINAR, WHATEVER YA WANNA CALL IT
<====HOW TO TINKER WITH OTHER PEOPLE's BRAINS
<====BACK TO THE NEW AGE EMPOWERING INDEX
<===BACK TO "HOW TO MERCHANDISE YOURSELF" INDEX
<===BACK TO THE ALL ABOUT TAXES INDEX PAGE
<=== BACK TO THE FRUGAL TIPS and CHEAPO LIFESTYLE WEBPAGE
<=== MEET ANITA SANDS WHO WRITES ALL THESE ARTICLES
<=== TAKE ME TO THE HOLISTIC PET, HOW NEVER TO NEED a VET
<=== BACK TO THE TRUTHS ABOUT DENTISTRY THAT WILL SAVE YOU 100 THOUSAND!
<=== BACK TO THE SNOOKERED WEBPAGE, HOAXES WE HAVE ALL KNOWN
<===BACK TO EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WEB STUFF (for dummies)
<==== BACK TO THE ARTISANRY, IMPORT WEBSITE
<=== BACK TO HOT IDEAS FOR MERCHANDISE!
* * * * *