What questions should I ask about Prints?
I think its fair to say most artists and printmakers are very happy to discuss their work - a big part of a good print fair is the buzz of conversation between enthusiastic visitors and the printmakers proudly showing their work.
Personally I am delighted if someone shows interest in my work and wants to know more about it, they don't have to buy anything (although it's very nice if they do!).
Sometimes though I think people can be a bit intimidated about starting a discussion or frightened of asking a 'stupid' question about the work, particularly if the work is more abstract rather than e.g. a landscape.
The good news is I genuinely believe there is no such thing as a stupid question. Seven years ago I knew nothing about printmaking - now I know a good bit more and I've found the best way to learn is to ask.
If you do need a conversation starter when looking at prints that catch your eye, here's a few suggestions:
- How do you make your prints?
- Can you......
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As I do more print fairs and chat to more people about my work and printmaking in general I'm reminded how enthusiastic many people are and how eager they are to understand more.
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