I plan on posting the information that I have pulled together later today for our "Tutorial Tuesday" as I have been a little too busy - getting ready for the craft show - to do a Tutorial this week. But, I also came across this information that I thought was worth posting. It is from an article written by William T. Lasley, at http://artsandcrafts.about.com/. It is helpful and important for customers and potential customers to have information about the seller to have a personal connection.
What’s your story?
Some questions to ask yourself:
How did you learn your particular style of craftsmanship?
Did anyone mentor or encourage you?
Have you always “had a knack” for creating things?
Do you do this as a full-time job?
What else do you do besides crafts?
Did you just begin selling your crafts? If so, what made you decide to start your business?
At craft shows: Be sure to always greet people browsing. Often people will ask about the story behind your crafts or yourself. Over time, it will get much easier. I think that for me it will be very important to think about and even write out the answers to the questions above so that I feel comfortable talking about it. Again, I am so research oriented that I feel better when everything is in writing.
Online: Sell yourself, as well as selling your craft. Put up an “About the Crafter/Artist” page to tell your story. If your craft itself has a history, add this information, too. Photos of you in your work area will bring the customer closer. Use your imagination.
I need to add this to my personal webpage. I love seeing people in their work environment.
Also, don't think that your story is not interesting. I have thought that about myself. However, I love reading all stories. Usually it is more interesting than you think!
Now, go and tell your story!!