OK, I know I know. As was repeatedly drilled in to me at School of the Art Institute, if you make something, you are responsible for getting the word out and for finding your audiences. This is especially true for artists and musicians. It is the way of our world and while I often fantasize about Canadian art subsidies, I must exist in the reality of that our NEA is soon to be a wistful memory. The good news is that the worldwide interwebs and social media democratizes distribution making it very easy for things like this blog to be posted, handmade goods to be sold, podcasts published, and songs debuted. The bad news, is that with such people generated productivity, wonderful, genius creations can get lost and muffled. It's often luck or causes unrelated to quality that some art works receive popular attention and distribution. The WBEZ podcast Nerdette demystifies why certain artworks are hung on museums and a few songs are broadcast on radio stations while many, many more get swallowed by the mainstream. Towards the end of the podcast, Nerdette Host, Tricia Bobeda recalled a discussion with author Sandra Cisneros in which Cisneros commented that (I'm paraphrasing) there are two artists in one body--one that makes art and the other that has to sell, promote, get the word out, etc. The more self-promotion one does, the less time there is for making art and that thought becomes one of those vicious cycles that turns my mind towards Canada.
In a perfect world an artist looking to profit from her creations wouldn't have to think about the selling. I wish this was true since I am so horrible at self-promotion and often clueless as to where to begin. I'm lucky that I have supportive family and friends who are continually lifting up Spring Bird and me. Thank you!!! I am thankful to all of you who read this blog and have shared it or talked about it with friends. Time is precious for everyone. So, my only wish is to generate content worth taking the time to read, look at, or even momentarily consider.
This long preamble is really a red herring since this post is actually about promoting the first issue of Woolgathering which should be popping up in mailboxes across the country right now. It has been a months in the making and feels so good to have it out in the world. I'm looking forward to diving into the next issue about Summer and to creating more interesting and hopefully inspiring content.
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Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.