Monday, October 25, 2010

Staying Connected

I'm always on the look-out for great websites and forums where I can learn and interact with a variety of like-minded artisans. I think it's vitally important to stay connected and reach out to others in order to keep your business fresh and growing and I've joined several great sites this past week that I thought I'd share with you:

Total Art Soul

"This is a place for artistic souls. If you're a painter, sculptor, photographer, musician, writer, crafter or are creative in any way, then this is the place for you. You do not have to be a professional to be part of this community. Our wish is for this to be a place where the emphasis is in exchanging ideas and inspiring others. It has been set up to create a community and to nurture and encourage artists."

Proud bee in the TheHIVE

"The Hive is a dynamic social community designed to help provide a connection between everyone in the arts, crafts and hobby industry. Whether you are a manufacturer, professional artist, hobbyist, retailer or consumer, you have a voice."

Handmade

"What do you do on the Handmade Artist Forum?
Share creations. That first necklace or a practice painting.  Seek advice from others who’ve ‘been there, done that’. Learn how to make your creations better, and take better pictures of them.  Offer help to those starting a business from a happy pastime and support each other when you just can’t make it how it looks in your head. Have fun and remember, the crafts may be different, but we all have passionate love for art and respect each other’s dreams."

And then, of course, there's Handmadeology, which I blogged about in September.

I hope you'll check out these wonderful resources for yourself and see what you can give and receive through their forums and articles. And you never know… you might end up making some awesome new friends in the process! *Ü*

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