A couple of weeks ago you may remember my blog post about making changes to how I brand myself, and how I market myself as an artist. I decided I was going to discontinue using the ‘Illusio Creative’ business name and promote myself using my own name. It was a BIG decision that had been some time in the making. I felt I wanted to step out from under the Illusio banner and adopt a more personal approach. This was hard as I have been using the ‘Illusio Creative’ name for over ten years. But, given the overwhelmingly positive response I received from friends, supporters and industry experts, I knew I had made the right decision.
So, this is my first official post using my domain www.lorriewhittington.co.uk. All my content was moved successfully from the old domain to this one, and I have my hosting company 34sp to thank for that who made it all so easy for me.
I have also changed the names (or closed own) all of my major accounts including, Facebook, Twitter, Instragram etc. I created a new facebook page, which was also a wrench as I had had the original one since 2007 and has over 2,500 followers. But…again, out with the old and in with the new. Starting again is exciting and a challenge.
If you are linking to the old domain, can you please update your links to point to this domain, www.lorriewhittington.co.uk, thank you. So, exciting times for moi!
New Art and Etsy
Yes, having pretty much said over two years ago I wouldn’t go back to Etsy, or open any more new online selling accounts anywhere else, I opened a NEW SHOP ON ETSY. But, a NEW shop. Not my old one reopened and made over (that has been closed for good), but a brand new shop using my own name and starting from scratch. However, shops on other portals have all been closed, some recently and some a while back, including Folksy, DaWanda and Big Cartel etc. It’s about keeping it small and manageable now.
At the moment my new Etsy Shop is stocked with some new original drawings, prints and postcards. However, there is some old stock on there that I want to sell because once it is gone, it is GONE GONE GONE. There will be no more swirly whirly sea art postcards or abstract pattern paintings.
From now on I will be concentrating on what I do best, and that is ink illustration and ink based paintings. So, once those postcards have gone they will not be reprinted. I will be releasing new prints of my ink drawings when the school holidays are over.
However, I am NOT a retailer, don’t want to be. I will be keeping my online selling fairly small as I am concentrating on bigger things at the moment which will be in full swing after the holidays. More on that later in the year.
This is a NEW age of art for Lorrie. Much more defined and focused. Looking forward, and looking forward to hearing from you. xxx