(available for sale on my web site)
At the Upstate Artists Guild show during April's First Friday celebration, a gentleman asked how long it took for me to "go from inspiration to expiration." I told him that it was necessary to pass through perspiration along the way, and I pointed to "Wallflowers: #3" (pictured above), a 12" by 15" piece that had taken 29 hours to complete. My larger pieces, measuring from 50" square to 60" square, have taken between 300 and 370 hours to create. I've begun timing myself as I work on my quilts so I can develop a realistic formula for pricing them. It does seem that many viewers tend to place a value on an artist's work commensurate with the amount of time it took to create it, rather than the quality of the work itself.
So, I pose this question to you, my readers: If you are selling your fiber art, how do you price your pieces? Is the price based on a formula that includes the hours spent, or the size of the finished work, or both? Please share your thoughts!
I thank you all for reading and commenting on my blog -- you send me little bits of inspiration to recharge my battery, and I am grateful.