Art on Silk

We recently interviewed two painters who sell their work in a different format: silk scarves as fashion accessories. They share their stories and strategies on building their small businesses.     Artist Elena Avanesova approaches her business like a seasoned entrepreneur. She explains her inspiration, presentation and marketing, saying,  “When I first created a design inspired by […]

What Sets Your Work Apart?

Practice, explore and go deeply into the direction you have chosen to pursue in your studio work.

Your Handmade Work and the Gift Market

The holiday season is the biggest time for gift buying, with fourth quarter making or breaking many stores’ sales quotas for the year.

Designing A Collection that Will Sell

Basic forms and shapes, and simple handmade pieces don’t have that important signature look, and their perceived value is lower than more complex, unusual pieces.

How One Artist Built a Successful Wholesale Business

What sets me apart from my competition is that I have become a multi-media brand.

Color Trends and Your Handmade Product Line

While fashion colors change frequently, season by season, color trends for the home change much more slowly.

Choose Your Collection Carefully

The strongest collections are built upon a solid concept with related pieces that make sense and work together well.

Can I Turn My Hobby into a Business?

If you are a hobbyist who wants to make money, you must either hire someone to be the business side of your brain, or you must become a business owner yourself.

ABI Announces Wholesale Academy

This e-course is self-paced, so that you can start whenever you like and proceed according to your own schedule.

Plan Your Next Product Release

You must plan to design and produce new items on a regular basis throughout the year.