Having spent the last 3 years dabbling in resin I have tried many kinds. There is a huge variety of resins which is a bit confusing. I often get asked what resin do I use!
For my artwork I only use Epoxy resin. But within Epoxy resin there is also a large variety of brands! Some cheap some very expensive. Not to mention shipping to the Shetland isands!
I have found the brand Art Resin to be the best if you wish to clear coat a painting for example. It has all the properties (which makes it expensive) such as UV stabilized (so wont go yellow) and easy mix ratio e.t c but can be very bubbly and slower to dry than others.
For casting into molds I have found Eli- Chems master cast the best!
It is very quick drying compared to most, crystal clear and not too bubbly! Also easy equal parts mixing. Some resins have to be weighed to calculate complicated ratios for mixing.
For making coasters or place mats, Eli-chems ultra cast is definatly the best as it is heat resistand to 90 degrees!
All can be bought easily online.
I have been delighted to have my artwork feature on the front page Eli-Chems facebook group of 20K members!
2018 has started off quickly for me, with the first exhibition up!
I have space in Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick, Shetland for the month of January. This is a great space a the entrance of the busy building. January is the month the fire festivals start, with many visitors staying in the Islesburgh hostel next door, so may enjoy looking at my colourful artwork too. I have added some viking boats to my artwork especially. My main piece of new work on show is my Mousa Broch painting. I have built the broch with tiny stones collected from the beach near the broch, it is priced at £450 and measures 50 x 50 x 4.5 framed.
As you are probably aware, a website is a very important part of showcasing a product and connecting with customers. So, now that my website – www.sarahkayarts.com is a year old – I thought it was time to take a fresh look at it!
I have decided to redesign the homepage, possibly to include a 360° video. My website also includes a shop and sold page to show what is currently available to buy and also show what has sold (there may only be one of a certain style, but I can make similar pieces if someone loves one in particular.)
Having a good online presence can be a vital tool when trying to sell a product and advertise what you make. Creating a worldwide possibility for customers also requires a commitment to post regularly, have high quality images and be consistent.
Most importantly, it is necessary to select the most suitable social media platform to suit your product and focus on that, as it’s unlikely that you would use them all effectively. I use Instagram, where you can find me as @sarahkay367 and Facebook – “Sarah Kay – artist” as well as an Etsy shop – Sarah Kay arts and my website and blog.
I hope you enjoy my efforts as much as I do following other artists and interesting people, who always inspire me to think up new ideas.
One of my favourite artists to follow is Hope Blamire. She paints landscapes, mainly of the Western Isles, and her Facebook page is full of colourful photos of the scenes that inspire her, as well as her work.
It’s been busy few weeks preparing for Shetland’s annual Christmas Craft Fair, which is this weekend!
The craft fair is a hugely popular event in Shetland – it attracted over 4,000 visitors last year. It’s also a special event for Sarah Kay Arts, as it was here that I first tried selling my artwork, two years ago. I had such a great time and got such a good response that I haven’t looked back since!
The fair is held at the Clickimin Centre, in Lerwick. The restricted parking there can cause a bit of a headache but hopefully it won’t be too much of an issue!
It is a wonderful event: the halls are packed out with a huge number of stall holders displaying a diverse range of products, with everything from knitwear and textiles to pottery, art and fashion. It’s a great opportunity to get some extra special, locally made Christmas gifts, too.
Having a stall is a brilliant experience, and great practice for anyone thinking about taking part in trade fairs off the isles.
2017 will mark my third fair and, following feedback from previous years, I’ll have a range of work on display priced from £2.50 to my higher end pieces, at £250. Items under £25 were sought after so I tried to accommodate this.
Using sea glass and sea pottery in art has become quite popular, so I’ve had to be careful that my new items are original and not too similar to anything else. I double checked with two other crafters just be sure, and they were grateful for my enquiry. Shetland is a very small place, so it’s important to work together and support one another.
Sarah Kay Arts will be at stall number 59, so come and say hello. See you there!
I am pleased to reveal that i’ve been working on setting up a new art group in Shetland!
The aim of the group will be for artists to exhibit together and swap expertise. We have had much discussion over names and logos, but we’re nearly there! We’re thinking to go with Fine Art Shetland.
So far, 12 local artists have been invited to be part of the group, all with a huge range of skills: some with professional degrees and some self-taught. We do have some exhibition space pre-booked at venues throughout Shetland, with an agreed theme or format to ensure work from different people will “work” being hung together
I’m really excited at the opportunity the group will provide to learn and share knowledge and experiences with other artists. I will really value this, as I tend to spend a lot of time working solo.