The latest and penultimate image in my #daughterofwoman series – Child of Woman!
Yes, he is my baby, minus his head 🤪, and he was a bit of a wriggler to photograph!
I wanted to keep the colours more harmonious in this image and less chaotic to represent the lack of cognitive dissonance in babies and young children compared with adults.
I love the calmer feeling in this one and the beautiful butterflies in the background. The background image is part of a scrapbooking paper booklet I found titled ‘Natural History Museum – From the Archives’.
All the papers in it are beautiful works of art and like old wallpaper or fabric designs. I had originally wanted to photograph vintage wallpapers to use as the backgrounds for this series. Unfortunately, Covid-19 meant I couldn’t go to the national heritage sites and stately homes to take the photos. It was such a stroke of luck to come across this book!
Lightbulb or not?
I toyed with the idea of not having a lightbulb for this image. I don’t believe babies are aware of cultural / societal expectations and pressures like older children and adults are, so perhaps the lightbulb was not needed.
But I loved the shape of the lightbulb and knew I wanted use it. I thought the shape was more child-like. This is the original lightbulb, no warp of distort!
Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments. Are there any scrap bookers out there? 🙂
My ‘Daugter Of Woman’ series is the first time I have created work to sell as a limited edition series.
So I had to do some research on how to work with limited editions and what mine would look like.
Things to consider when selling work in limited editions:
Will you sell one size or different sizes?
What sizes will you sell?
Will they be printed with a border?
I have created 3 sizes in my Daughter Of Woman series: 20cm; 40cm and 80cm. I’ve written down now, I have too stick with it! It has been so hard to choose sizes. I wanted to offer 3-4 sizes, with one, small affordable print.
Having border is also a consideration. I started out with a 2cm border in my artist proofs. But I think I’m going to change that to 5cm. This is due to framing. After doing some research, I think it will be easier to frame with a thicker border, plus I think it really draws your eye into the image. It’s such a personal decision!
What paper will you print on?
Generally speaking an archival grade paper is advisable. This means the ink won’t fade over time. A thick paper, above 180gsm gives the print stability, durability and a looks lovely too.
How many will be printed in each size?
Each of the sizes in my ‘Daughter of Woman’ series has a different edition number. The 20x20cm images have an edition of 50, this is my affordable size. The 40x40cm have an edition size of 15 and the 80x80cm have an edition size of 5. Generally speaking, the smaller the edition number, the higher the price of the prints.
Edition numbers often reduce as the size of an image increases.
Editions sizes are totally up to the artist, there is an element of personal preference and trial and error to see what works! I’ll let you know how it goes!
This is another tough one to think about and get right! Price too high and you risk your work not selling. Plus it doesn’t look good when an artist lowers their prices! Price too low, and you miss out on income, Ahh!
Start lower, if they sell like hot cakes, you know you can up the price of your next edition.
How much the image cost to make – props, location, models. Will you pay yourself an hourly rate? How many hours did you work on the image?
How much it cost to print. Include the border in the print cost calculations, as you pay for the total amount of paper used – that caught me out!
How long you have been making fine art for and how well established you are? I am just starting out in the Fine Art world, so I won’t be attaching a premium to the cost of my limited edition prints.
Rarity – the smaller the edition, the more value it becomes because of how few there are in the world. An edition of 2, will be more valuable than an edition of 200.
I have been backwards and forwards for weeks and weeks on this. I just to take the plunge and commit to a decision, and see how it goes.
You don’t need to stick to the same edition and pricing structure for every image / series. So if this doesn’t work out, I can change things for my next series of work.
If you have any tips of selling limited edition prints, I would love to hear them!