In the many years of touring that I've done, one of the things i've been consistently impressed with is the high creative quality of the original artwork that people have brought to the shows in many forms. I can't tell you how many times i've seen someone with a handmade Dolls-inspired purse/shirt/lunchbox/duct-tape creation/thing and heard someone next to them say "you MADE that? can i PAY you to make ME one??"
so here it is, the age of over-inter-connectedness and the internet and it's time to change the world. I want to create an internet exchange forum in which really talented artists and artisans can directly reach out fans instead of posting photos their wares to the internet to get feedback. this is awesome but i would really like to see these artists making MONEY and doing BUSINESS with our fans. so it was that after years and years of discussion, the concept of Post-War Trade was born.
my good friend and fellow artist Katie Kay has agreed to take on the job of trying to organize this conceptual nightmare into a daydream reality, but we obviously can't do it without YOU. the main idea is to get as many artists and artisans as possible to submit their work, we will pick the stuff we think is amazing enough to be reproduced en masse, and the featured items will be sold on the net with the majority of the profit going back to the artist.
it's the DEMOCRATIC FUTURE OF MERCHANDISING! how AWESOME!!!!
it's like Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. fashion line without the.....horrible capitalist connotations? sweatshops? spandex?
no artist is too professional or amateur to get involved. ANYTHING GOES. that means anything. even spandex, for christ's sake!!!!
if you can make it, and we love it and think other people will love it, we will sell it.
so spread the word to all your artist and artisan friends. there's a lot more information about the nitty gritty, katie kay will get y'all informed further:
from Katie Kay:
Calling all designers, artists, craftspeople and anyone who has ever thought of being any of those!
The Dresden Dolls are happy to announce their latest project, /Post-War Trade./ After years of seeing the most amazing pieces of art come from fans, we felt the need to share with the world at large—it is just too beautiful to keep under wraps! The time has come to bridge the gap between artist and fan, making these lovely creations available to everyone.
We'd love to see your best work—everything from wallets to lampshades to pillowcases, large fine art to toothbrush holders, journals to tea-cozies, alligator-leashes to zebra-saddles. The sky is the limit, as long as it incorporates Dresden Dolls-inspired imagery, or the name of the new project, /Post-War Trade/. We will hand-select several pieces at a time, and each artist will have a biography and photo featured along with their listing, as well as a link to a personal website. Artists and products will be in rotation, each one being featured for 3-4 months per cycle. Payment will work on a consignment or percentage basis, depending on the situation. Post-War Trade will be responsible for all marketing, sales and shipping, with a check being issued to the artist at the end of their featured time. After we receive photos of possible items, potential artists will be asked to provide us with a high-quality sample and should be able to reproduce several of the item within an agreed upon period of time.
We are looking for every level of artist, fans of the band and people new to our world—from people newly creating to established, professional designers! Please pass this along to your favorite artists, friends or talented enemies.
*This is the official call for /Post-War Trade/ submissions!
Send photos/ sketches of your work to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for our initial launch is September 10th, 2007.
If we select your item, you will be asked to mail in a sample, from there we will select the featured artists.
Quantities ordered will vary on an item-by-item basis, taking into account cost and time restraints.
Spread the word-- let's change the world of band merchandising, let's bring it into the hands of artists!
if you'd like more information or aren't sure about what this is all is or means, please email: email@example.com