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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hi Everyone
Hope you're all well!
I've been doing tones of research! Fun stuff! I feel I am making a big step and I want to make sure about everything!

Vida, has been amazing with me! Continually answering all my questions and even telling me, that they want to make sure I am ok with everything, before I join.
The only things I don't like, is that they don't carry plus sizes, yet!
Also, if I put one of my paintings on there, I can't put that same painting on any other site, if it's going to be placed on clothing, even if I deleted my account. If my account is deleted, they have no right to my painting, it can't be produced, with out my permission, but I still can't use it on any other site for clothing.
And, when you place an order with them, it usually takes 6-8 weeks to get it.
I have been talking to another Canadian artist, that is on there. She has been with Vida, since they have started. She loves the products. How they are made and shipped. The only thing she told me, if I was to purchase some to sell in Canada, I do have to pay import fees and if I was just to purchase something to wear, there would probably be duty fees. So, with the exchange on our dollar, and the other fees, it would be expensive. But, if you live in the United States, no problems! LOL!
Saying all of that, I do like the company and the clothing!

Besides Vida, I have been looking into Fine Art America and Pixels (which Fine Art America owns). On here they have t-shirts, sweatshirts, cards, and prints of your art, which can be on canvas or framed. I have heard many good things about this company! High quality! They have mens, ladies, and baby clothing. Plus sizes, up to a 3x! Home decor, etc. (What I really like is there quality for prints! If I have my art on prints, I want my customers to get high quality! But then, I want that for my customers in everything they purchase!)

Next, I have been looking in Zazzle. Basically the same, but they have leggings, and everything else! LOL!

So, what to do?? I was thinking of all 3! To start off, maybe 9 designs spread out through 3 places.

Sorry about the long post! Just wanted to let you know what I've been doing!
I will leave you with a sneak peak of a new baby crow I've been working on.
Big Hugs



41 comments:

  1. Oh, be careful not to overwork yourself, lovely. I'd say go ahead with Vida and perhaps try one other and see how they go first. Otherwise there'll be a lot of your artwork you won't be able to use, and that would be a shame.

    I'm loving the peek at baby crow. Good luck with your new venture, whatever you decide. ♥

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  2. Wow you really have done some good research. They want exclusivity but do you still hold ownership and copyrights? You should not give the agent general signing authority over your art. You should retain final approval rights over all artwork and product prototypes and samples. If you do decide to sign with any of these places please have a lawyer look over the contract. Like I said before I use to teach a class in this. BTW your peek baby is just too cute. Hugs N

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    1. Hey Nicole, they state that I will always retain ownership of the original design. They will hold the licensing rights to the apparel. But, they can not produce anything, if I delete my account with them. But, as I said, I still can't use the same design anywhere else on clothing.

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  3. Stacy, it all sounds great... I am so proud of you and your accomplishments so far.Legal issues can be very confusing and tricky. I agree with Nicole... please consider getting a lawyer. I am only saying this to you because I am your friend and I care about you ๐Ÿ’Ÿ
    Your baby crow is just to cute... I am loving it!!!

    Hugs and Much ๐Ÿ’
    xoxoxo

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  4. I'm glad you're looking at multiple vendors to see which one might be the best for you. I don't know how much or whether there's an "up front" investment to get started, but hopefully you can start small to test the waters before committing a lot of cash.

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    1. My other "two cents worth" is that a vendor that offers plus sizes is better than one that doesn't. Plus sizes increase the size of the group you can market to (so to speak). I know that I personally could not buy anything in regular sizes or just women's sizes, for that matter.

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  5. Please don't tire yourself out, Stacy. You are such a sweet lady with a big heart and a wonderful talent! I really love your crow paintings! :)

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  6. i believe you will chose for you what is best for you friend,as it is your right .
    wishing you much luck for your stepping into the market .hope all goes GREAT and you enjoy happily your work .
    Hugs!

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  7. Oh my, this sounds like a big adventure, you will have to think it over well. Spreading the designs with three companies sounds good. Just have fun, I am sure your wonderful designs will be a hit! Hugs, Valerie

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  8. I'm sure the research will all work out for the best...and is so exciting :D XXX

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  9. Bummer about the fees and stuff for Canada. Maybe spreading it out would be a good idea.

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  10. You will be busy I have only heard of one site

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  11. So much research goes into finding the perfect fit for you and your art. It's mind-boggling. :) Loving the baby crow!

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  12. I'm happy to see your investigating and looking at other sites. It's good to know your options! :)

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  13. I am just so excited about this for you. It's huge.
    Refresh me. Do you get the equivalent of royalties for what is sold?

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  14. So, I have Zazzle, and it's been very good to me (have been with them... geeze, it must be approaching 8 years or something.)

    I do NOT like that Vida is trying to block you putting your painting on anything else clothing wise if you leave them. Them having some sort of never-ending control like that is NOT ok, and not normal. It's basically a non-compete, but I sincerely doubt they're paying you enough for that sort of thing.

    Fine art america is ok, but I find their prints overpriced, and their royalties subsequently low if you're going to be able to price it reasonably.

    Anything purchased from another country and vice versa would face extra charges or VAT, etc. Nature of the international business, unfortunately. When I sell internationally, it's clear that the customer is responsible for those. But it's totally normal.

    Check out Redbubble for the clothing stuff. It may be a better alternative for you, without restricting you (there are a few others as well.)

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  15. Wow! Good for you to research! Especially now! Is there nothing in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ? I'm cheering you on! XoDebi

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  16. This is so exciting Stacy! Your artwork would do well on any of the sites. I like your idea of trying all 3. Then down the road you can stick with the one that works best for your art. :)

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  17. Oh Stacy, this is wonderful news. My advice is to start out small and then grow slowly. Don't over book yourself. I see others have said the same. I've been out of sight and not in contact with anyone, sorry about that. I sent you an email the other day. I hope you read it and answer. I am very proud of you. Please write soon. Hugs......

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  18. How exciting! Your art will look wonderful on clothes! hug to you

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  19. This is so exciting and I am so very happy for you, Stacy. You deserve all the best and your talent should be shared with others in every way possible.

    I know that you will make the right choices!

    Love and Big Hugs, my sister!

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  20. Stacy, I am so happy to hear you are moving forward with this possibility! How exciting!! I am going to look into Vida but I wanted to ask if you had ever checked out Red Bubble? It's out of Australia but it's a fine site like those others you mentioned for art. No exclusivity required and your images can go on anything from a postcard to a warm throw blanket as long as it's high resolution enough! :) Laptop Skins, greeting cards, I-phone covers, t-shirts, mugs etc etc too. You upload the work and set the profit margins you wish to charge above their fees for each item. I believe you have to make 20$US in sales before they transfer it to your account but perhaps it's one more outlet for your work that you have to do so little on maintaining once you are up and running. And you can interact with the community in groups, challenges etc etc.

    But for now I am SO excited for you! DO keep us all posted on the progress!!
    You're becoming INTERNATIONAL!

    Big hugs!! :)

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  21. Oh wow, so many things to consider. And then again, such a clever idea to really think it over and look for options. Keep up that good work. So happy for you dear friend๐Ÿ˜ Big hugs๐Ÿ˜

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  22. I'm glad you are researching. Take your time, especially when it comes to VIDA. I hope they are paying you very, very, very well for the exclusive use of your art.

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  23. Wow, you have wonderful plans, dear Stacy! I'm curious! I wish you all the best for your new idea! Hugs ❤ Nina

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  24. If I can, I'd like to make a suggestion to try one first, just so you can see how it all works. I agree with the comment above about the company not letting you use your work elsewhere. Just some thoughts to consider. I do think this is an exciting time for you and so much to think about. I wish you the very best.

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  25. I can't wait to see your crows on clothing!

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  26. Awww, what a cutie your baby crow is! The world of licensing and clothing is definitely complicated, I haven't taken the plunge into that. I'm glad you're doing research and making sure everything is right for you.

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  27. Artwork on leggings sounds SO fun. I feel like that would be a big bonus... People really love the whole LuLuRoe decorative leggings.

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  28. I like your options and yes the leggings sound great although I don't wear them but I can picture your paintings on them. Really - your type of art will look so good on anything - i can imagine a shower curtain with one of your crows! Your art is so unique.

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  29. Oh wow...the idea of those leggings...they will look amazing.
    And I totally agree with Sandy...your art would look great on any type of clothing. It is so unique and special!:))

    All my Love & Hugs xoxoxo

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  30. I've never seen anyone painting crows with so much dedication, they're all so beautiful! You must have a special connection with these magical creatures :)

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  31. I am so pleased to read about all the research you are doing and the questions you are asking, it is so important to do this.
    It sure has been an exciting start to 2017 for you.

    Just love the sneak peak of your new baby crow.

    Wishing you a good weekend

    All the best Jan

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  32. All of these companies sound fun to design for. I have a Zazzle site and I loved making things for it when I had the time. I miss it! Love your new baby crow!!! Hugs!

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  33. Hi dear, glad things are moving along smoothly in your new venture. Sounds like you've got a lot to think about. I'm sure your items will sell really well. Hugs friend! ~ Diane

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  34. Anxious to hear any updates on the clothing line.
    YOU have a wondrous Sunday:)
    Hugs

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  35. Hi, very nice ventures.. all the best.. you'll get success surely..
    big hug..

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