My particular articles, books, posts, and tutorials are available on KD Did It. Each has been written in response to what happens in my life. I obsess about lists, research, and wanting to be prepared. That or having quick access to information! Don’t expect long-winded, verbose manuals full of theory. If I’m using a help manual, I want to find the information fast so I can get on with what I really need to accomplish. Reading a 700-page tome with tons of theory is not gonna make me happy…
Your Portfolio & You: A Marketing Series for Artists
Your Portfolio & You: Marketing for Artists is a marketing, business, and organizational tool focused on artists and with useful information for anyone interested in starting up a small business. There are four articles available as a free download and further articles and books are available for a fee.
The Your Portfolio & You collection began with my trying to figure out how to create an artist’s résumé when my career encompassed the creation of art. There was plenty of information on standard résumés but nothing of what an artist’s résumé consisted. Then there were the requests for a biography, artist statements, etc., and it seemed only natural to write my findings up and share them. A sharing that evolved into a monthly column for an artists’ group to which I belonged on issues relevant to artists. Those columns became the articles below which I am currently consolidating and compiling into an even more complete book on each general topic.
Portfolio Basics – Free Articles
In putting an arts portfolio together, some of the things asked for include a résumé, an artist's and an artwork statement, a biography and, of course, the photographs.
The following articles are freely available for you to view:
A résumé lists what you've been doing in the quilt and/or art world.
An artist's statement tells anyone who reads it how you feel about your body of work, what your philosophy is, and what drives you to create.
Combine these two into the
A Free Your Portfolio & You Article: The Artist Statement versus the Art Story
An art story explains why you made this individual artwork.
A biography is your autobiography, a story of your life, and what got you started with art and/or art quilts.
Books from the Your Portfolio & You Series
I chose to convert the various columns on accounting first—the most mysterious topic for most artists. That was followed by copyright—a subject near and dear to every artist’s heart—that of protecting their work. Then I began pulling together information on image-editing software during which I distracted myself with the travails of outdoor arts festivals. I am currently working on a basic how-to of using HTML and CSS code with the necessary SEO to create a website.
Each of the book links above leads you to a preview of each publication—a complete table of contents for each, the number of pages, the price for each article/publication, and a summary or sampling of some of the chapters in that publication.
If I Die… is designed to prepare you or your family for you or someone you love being incapacitated or dying. There are six free forms available to help.
The If I Die… collection evolved when a friend got sick and there were so many actions that needed to be taken. So much information I needed from my friend and it just wasn’t easily available with my friend stuck in the nursing home recovering from illness. I needed passwords, logins, account numbers, addresses, contact lists…it was unending. Then it got worse when my friend died. I had no idea if he was signed up as a donor or the type of funeral preferred. Memberships in organizations both offline and online which charged monthly subscription fees. Bank accounts, brokerage accounts, savings, insurances. I kept notes as I worked through everything and If I Die… is the result. I must confess I’ve found it very useful for living as well…
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Kathy Davie is an artist, educator, and author of the arts marketing series, Your Portfolio & You, aimed at helping artists survive (and thrive) at the business of being an artist.
As a self-taught artist, Kathy was frustrated by the lack of information on taking her career to a more professional level while meeting legal guidelines and learning about legal hiccups. Her drive for information fueled her to interview numerous professionals and compiled the information into a monthly news column. She now leads workshops and is converting the news columns into this continuing series of how-to books.
Kathy has a BS in Technical Writing & Editing with minors in Digital Media and History from Metropolitan State College, Denver, CO and is the author of Accounting for the SMALL Businessperson, How Copyright Applies to the Artist, the Buyer, the Employer/e, the Sold Artwork, Dealing with Photographs, Slides, Digital Images, and Surviving the Outdoor Arts Festival.