Who and where are you?
I’m Jo Hards. I would describe myself as a Gothic fantasy artist. I also make ‘Strange Little Girls’ Gothic art dolls. I live in a small town in Cheshire, Northern England, a very green and beautiful part of the world.
How were you introduced to Facebook?
A few years ago, while I was studying for a degree, most of my fellow students used Facebook to keep in touch, so I opened a personal profile, just to keep up to date with everything at university. More recently, in 2011 my sister-in-law over in Australia, started a Facebook page for her handmade dolls. I saw what a fantastic opportunity it was for artists to share their work with a global audience, so I took the plunge and launched a page for my own art dolls. I’ve enjoyed running that page so much in the last year, that I recently decided to open a second page for my paintings and drawings.
Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?
Make use of the many networking pages on Facebook for artists, crafters, and small businesses. Not only are they a great way to reach a wider audience, they are a wonderful source of support and advice. You will find lots of like-minded people in the same situation. It’s good to help each other out.
What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?
There are so many great apps that you can add on to your page. My personal favourite is Ecwid, a free shopping cart, which allows you to open your own store right there on your Facebook page.
What’s coming next from your studio?
I’m loving working in acrylics at the moment, so there are plenty more paintings to come. I’m also enjoying creating smaller pieces, so there will be some more ACEO’s very soon.