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Looking back: Our Ongoing Blog Series on Art and the Economy

Savings Banks are Back in Style by EBSQ Artist Theodora Demetriades
Savings Banks are Back in Style by EBSQ Artist Theodora Demetriades

So, yeah, it’s 2012. We’re nearly 5 years into this “we’re not calling it a Depression or even acknowledging we’re still in a Recession.” How are you doing? Still making art? Still buying art? Still have a roof over your head? Have things gotten better? Worse?

January is always a reflective month, and I thought now would be good time to take a look back at some of the posts we’ve produced over the past 4 years that delve into how to keep creating in this tanked economy.

Handcrafted-vs-Mass Produced

From 2010: Guest poster Julianne Carson delves into why cheaper isn’t better and how you can support local artisans with your wearable art purchases.

Artist Guide: Anybody Selling Anywhere?

From 2009: Guest poster Ron Jumper Jr. takes a hard look at why the arts are suffering and offers concrete strategies to ramp your sales back up.

Artist Guide: Not Taking Risks is Foolish

From 2009: EBSQ Art Blogger Natasha Wescoat writes about how to use calculated risk and reactionary tactics to drive your art sales and marketing strategy.

Open Thread: Survival Stories for Artists

From 2009: The meat and veg of this article is in the comments where you share YOUR stories of surviving as an artist in this economy

Open Thread: Finding Balance between Life and Art

From 2009: When life is weighing heavily upon you, it’s easy to let your art fall by the wayside. Here are 4 strategies for getting back on track and reclaiming your artist-self.

How to Keep Being an Artist Without Losing Your Soul…Or Your Shirt

From 2008: This appears to be my first blog post that expressly deals with how the economy was/is driving so many artists out of business. This was a seminal piece that explored concrete solutions to stay creative for less.

So. How relevant is the above advice to 2012? Have you taken any of the advice? Did it help? Is this a topic you want us to continue to explore? What wisdom do you have for other artists half a decade into the worst economy of many of our lifetimes? We’d love to hear from you in our comments.

EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

1. The 2010 Great Penguin Invasion – Some of us at EBSQ are already thinking of the holidays, including the talented Stephanie D’Aigle. I do believe these are the cutest beads I’ve ever seen!

Penguin Beads by the Beaded Heron

2. November 2010: Allow – Did you know EBSQ has their own Mandala Guru? Every month artist, Maureen Frank posts a Mandala of the month. This month’s theme is “Allow.”

3. A Corgi Puppy’s Christmas Surprise – Cathy Santarsiero, a Corgi artist and lover, has artwork in the upcoming Christmas book, The Watching. Check her blog for preorder details.

4. It’s a Left-Handed Thing – Are you a left-handed artist? Sherry Key is, and she’d love to hear about your experiences!

5. More on Sales – Many of us are talking about it, behind the scenes, the state of sales and the outlook this holiday season. Claudia Roulier has a three part discussion on sales, prices and how far will you go?


Have a great weekend!