I sell some of my artistic work on this site, and I've adopted a few policies that I follow.
Among the things sold here are clothing and printed paper with my art and designs on them. I have a few rules about how I select what products I will sell and what I will print my work on.
Fulfillment by responsible third parties only: Where fulfillment of orders is passed on to any third party, I seek to partner with vendors who operate in environmentally sustainable ways and use materials responsibly.
- Non-exploitative material sourcing: I research the brands of clothing I use for apparel, such as T-shirts. I choose clothing from brands that have a demonstrable history of respecting human rights and the environment in their manufacturing and supply chain. I don't want my designs printed on any materials that are sourced in ways that exploit humans, non-human animals, or local or global environments in order to increase profit margins. To me, this means ensuring that manufacturing is not exploiting lax labour laws, that no items contain animal products, and that organic materials are produced in environmentally-sustainable ways.
At the time of this writing, as far as I can tell none of the products on this site violate these policies. It can be difficult to determine the operational practices of third parties, especially those that are physically distant, and so while I will do my best to keep an eye on them, if you find any issue with the things I'm selling here that conflicts with the above-stated policies, please contact me and let me know. I will investigate claims and remove any products that no longer meet my standards.
Size-invariant prices: When it comes to pricing apparel, suppliers charge more for larger pieces of clothing. That comes down to the simple fact that more fabric is used in a larger garment, but it creates an injustice for people who wear larger clothes, since unless brands correct their pricing to accommodate this, they have to pay more to dress themselves. In setting my own apparel pricing, I use a flat price for all sizes of the same garment. I derive this price using a desirable profit margin for median sizes, and accept a lower margin of return for larger clothing.
Fair pricing for accessible art: Pricing artistic work is hard. When it comes to a printed product on paper or a garment, the basics require that you consider the cost of obtaining the product and getting it to customers (materials, manufacturing, services, shipping, etc.), and the costs of any marketing you do (packaging, advertising, social media engagement, etc.). What's left between the sum of your costs and the price you set is your profit for a sale. As an artist, one must strike a balance between pricing art in a way that means you can keep making art, giving your art enough value to make it feel worthwhile, and setting a price that customers are willing to pay to obtain it.
However, I also think that art should be accessible. In researching this, there are a great number of people who suggest driving the price of artistic works up because it has the psychological effect of making people feel that your art is valuable and exclusive. It makes people who are able to buy art at high prices more interested and willing to buy your art. You sell fewer pieces but you make much more per piece and you build a smaller client list of people with deep pockets who know who you are.
I don't personally care for this. I think people should be able to engage with and appreciate modern art no mater what their economic status. So, I prefer to set a much lower margin simply so that people can access my work if they happen to like any of it.
That said, there is a competing force of commodification, or commoditization, of art and design work. When art is cheap, other artists have to price their art low in order to compete at all. This makes it much harder for any artist to make money -- let alone a living -- off of their craft. I have the benefit of not depending on my artistic work for my living, since I make money in other ways. I don't want to use that advantage in a way that makes it harder on anyone else.
So, I've tried to price everything here fairly. However, if you happen to particularly like or want something I designed, but the price is too high, contact me and let me know what you could afford. I can't make any promises, but I'd rather people be able to get my work than not. If I can find an alternate way to source the item and meet you somewhere in the middle, I will.
Those are my policies. If there's something you think I could do better, I'm all ears: contact me and let me know what you think.