Art for Art

Posted by on February 16, 2006 in other things, Uncategorized | 5 comments

I have this idea, but it’s not fully formed yet, so I’m sitting down and typing it out and hoping that I can make sense of it all.

I created an Etsy account for myself, and the plan is that I will put some things up for sale and the money will go right into my Paypal account and then it will go right back out again as I buy some cool original art from some other Etsy sellers. I want to fill my home with original art, some of it mine, but it would be boring to only have my own creations displayed, I want to collect all kinds of stuff. So, while I think my plan is good, it’s going to take me awhile to have enough to sell to be able to buy what I want and I want more immediate gratification.

What I want to do is exchange art for art, but I want each artist to be able to specify some parameters for the art they will receive. Size, color, medium, subject, any and all of those categories. I would most likely create some sort of textile art, because that is what I do best, but I wouldn’t mind having a patron, for lack of a better word, that will give me an idea of the sort of thing that they would like, and I would do the same, based on what sort of art they generally create. I think this exchange could also involve some sharing of materials. Does this make sense? I know I don’t have a huge audience, but are there any artists/craftspeople out there up for something like this? Leave a comment or send an e-mail, I would love to hear from others about this, and suggestions would be welcome as well. I’m not sure if this would work on a larger scale, or if I should limit it to me and one other person. I’m just sending this idea out into the internets and will be waiting to see what comes back.


  1. hi hi…i found your blog through flickr…you mean kind of like an art swap? any medium but the kind of something you can hang on the wall? could definetely spark some creativity and new ideas…sounds like a great idea to me 🙂

  2. i also think it sounds like a good idea. not sure how the sharing of materials would work, though… it’s definitely an idea worth exploring, though!

  3. ah ha! here’s the idea in the flesh!
    i think it’s a great idea! and totally use the peniless patron phrase if you want!

  4. that’s a neet idea.
    there is the ‘alchemy’ option i saw in etsy… but your idea is a little more complex… you find someone who’s work you like, and then commission an ‘idea’; they commission an ‘idea’ to you… so it’s like giving each other inspiration.
    hard to quantify, i guess, in terms of swapping amounts of time/etc. but like you said, you can also add materials to the swap. great idea!
    since you posted this, did you make any progress?

  5. oh wow. it took me ages to find this page again!
    did you ever decide to set something up for your art for art swap idea?

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