Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Some more bits of pottery I've found on my walks. Look at that ship one, isn't it amazing? I love seeing the different styles and marks and textures next to each other. It still astounds me, too, that I don't find matching bits.
Thinking about fragments, and discussing a fragmented online persona (not my words) this morning, and wondering what the need for it is. Some advice is that it's better to have different 'departments' for different work, and go under a different name for each. To have clearly differentiated brands. To not mix up art and commercial work. To not have people see instantly that you work for ad agencies as well as doing fine art.
My feeling is that it's better (and easier to manage) to have everything in one pot. It's all online anyway, so people will make connections. But I'm not very in touch with things, so I really don't know what's best. Is it confusing to know that one person does comics and illustrations and textile designs and fine art prints? And that some illustrations are for cool publications and some illustrations are for school books? Does it make that person seem a worse comic artist if you find out that they spend a good part of their time designing knitted dolls?
Is your work diluted by appearing varied, or does it all somehow come together and seem stronger?