The first time my art’s on a shirt!
I’m so excited to have begun selling t-shirts with my illustrations on them. I couldn’t help but think, “Why did it take me this long?” I know plenty of people who don’t just want to buy prints and decorate their homes. Where I come from (Teaneck, NJ) especially, fashion is everything. What better way to get my artwork out there than have people WEAR it? Interestingly enough, I’ve been designing t-shirts for years, but it’s never been with my work. I can’t wait to release more shirts featuring my art as a fashion statement.
The challenge of selling FIVE.
For my first t-shirt, I chose Everpress because I wanted to be a part of the curated International Womxn’s Day collection that they’re featuring on their website this month. What Everpress does is have you run a campaign (a t-shirt design) to sell at least 5 preorders; if by the end of your campaign you don’t sell 5, they refund the preorder to each customer. That would be a bummer, though… I’m just hoping I get to 5 so that the shirt can go into production. As of today, I’ve still got 3 preorders to go in order for the shirt to go into production, but there’s only a few weeks until March 30th. FINGERS CROSSED; please support and share if you know anyone who might like it!
“Art Woman” is an illustration I completed in 2017 that was inspired by a visit to an art fair. I viewed several artworks for sale in various booths that featured a woman in this pose. In each representation, she is always sitting in a curled or hunched position, appearing peaceful, and painted beside still life objects. I found it fascinating that this particular rendition of a woman was done by totally different artists in different countries and time periods, yet I saw it over and over. So I created my own. I thought that “Art Woman” would be appealing for the International Womxn’s Day t-shirt design because of the femininity and beauty of the illustration.
Whether or not this International Womxn’s Day campaign on Everpress succeeds, I’m going to be putting more of my artwork on t-shirts in the very near future. This month, I’m designing and ordering my first batch of limited edition shirts; next month, I’m photographing the shirts on models (my friends!) and putting them up in my shop. This new venture has me pumped up and inspired! I hope you’ll enjoy the ride with me and make an Artful fashion statement wearing artwork by Anna. ;)