Late "06 when I started making my clocks I also started emailing and contacting local designers/stores etc. and even got an appt. with a rather impressive design company in Burlington. I ordered a portfolio folder thingie, had a few photos printed and pretended I was savvy. Nothing came of it though, they held on to my work for way longer than I would have liked and ended with 'we haven't even begun to design the hotels and we will keep you in mind'.
I've not used that little portfolio folder since. I've never bothered to have any prints made of my work. My website has always served as the portfolio. I think of portfolios for me as something akin to slides. Outdated and superfluous.
I'm sure you can understand, knowing how I am loathe to continue the out of state gallery representation game, how un-enthused and unmotivated I am to bother with the time and expense of getting decent prints to stuff into a portfolio. Do I need one? If I'm watching my cash out do I really need to be doing this now? Am I supposed to have just one portfolio folder that some day I might have an opportunity to show...isn't it easier to go online and see every single thing I have ever made with a multitude of close up and side views not to mention sizes, prices, and detailed information about each piece?
I just realized that vista prints (see below) also has great prices on brochures. I think I might have more zest and zeal handing some of those out than I would lugging a portfolio around. Has anyone ever made brochures and had success?
*I think I just answered my own question. Today I got my other post cards (the clocks below) in the mail and they made me SO excited and happy! I can't wait to hand them out. THAT is how I should feel about everything I do when it comes to self marketing. It's much more fun than bringing some dinosaur with me and opening it up showing glossy photos. FUN. That is what it is what I need to feel in order to be inspired and alive. FUN. Who cares if I'm not taken seriously by some people in the art world if I don't have the proper accoutrements. It hasn't worked doing it their way thats for sure.