The lot has happened this year, where to start? This summer we finally got serious with the merchandising and started a new line of t-shirts. We did some silk screen t-shirts and some embroidered that we sold to the K’san up in Hazelton. Honestly the small embroidered Medeek shirts are my favorite, I guess I like to have subtle uses of the artwork. I also attended a couple of festivals this year and sold both prints and shirts at my little booth, that was fun. Met a lot of neat people and it was good exposure. Interestingly we also found our t-shirt model that way as well, crazy how things work out.
It has been a long time coming but I finally got a new print out after having a bit of a drought for well over a year. We printed the Wasco in October. Not sure on its reception just yet but we are hopefull it does well even in this rough economy. We printed it in three different color combinations with fairly low edition numbers. I don’t think the tri-color print will be around for long, that one is my favorite, the coloring came out amazing, thank Cindy and Rory for making it happen.
We also began to place more product with the native casinos here in Washington, we still have alot of work to do on that end but we have definetly opened some doors. Suquamish and Muckleshoot Casino both display both my prints and t-shirts.
I haven’t done much carving in the past so the beginning of this month I did a small carving to hone my abilities it was fun. I borrowed the design from the tail of my Wasco print. I really like the Killer Whale Drum design, and the carving came out pretty well considering it has been a long time since I’ve done any serious carving. Hopefully, I can find the time to do some larger pieces. I will say that it takes alot of work to make one of these pieces, especially to do it good. The biggest problem is just being careful so you don’t mess it up. Practice makes perfect…
This year has been a good year for us. Things were a little slower than this year due to the economy and the high gas prices during the summer months but overall I think we have accomplished alot. We are looking forward to an even more productive year for 2009. Our many thanks to our patrons, galleries, shops and all those who support and love the art of the northwest coast. Thank-you.