I'm happy to report that my silent auction worked well.
"Solstice Eve, 2013" has a new owner!
The odd starting price was to encourage equally odd bids on the crazy chance that two people might make the same offer.
My objective is to clear my studio of all these recent pieces. I need a clean artistic slate and plan on similar auctions in the future. In this age of self-representation I'm going to find new ways of using technology to get pieces out of storage and into someone else's world at a price that works for everyone.
I have to admit that when I hit "post" that day, the girl I used to be worried about how she would feel if no one bid on it. The person I have become was quick to remind her that this kind of worry was a waste of emotional energy and time.
(advice: don't check the email until just before the deadline!)
There were a handful of bids, two international. Congratulations to the winner!
One thing I know for a fact- as great as digital pictures of fiber art can appear on the web..nothing compares to holding the real thing in your hands and seeing it in person.
So, which piece should I put up for next auction? Do you have a favorite from the main gallery? Or something from the mists of the blog. If it's not on the Buy Art page, describe it to me and I will try to dig it out. I won't do it right away but if I know people are interested in specific pieces I will take new pictures and post them here.
What are your thoughts about buying and selling art this way? Will you try it for yourself? Do you have any suggestions to make the auction process easier, more efficient?
Nothing like a big juicy can of worms for breakfast, eh?