So, like many other artists, I do get some scam emails, purporting to be interested buyers from overseas. It is a common problem. These scams are very clever and we need to be very alert to the issue.
Towards the end of 2020, I received an email from a company I had never heard of, my antennae were up! Several emails later it materialises they are genuine. A company in the US who like my Unison Colour soft pastel ‘designs’ as seen on social media – Instagram in particular.
They explained that they look for particular designs that will work as textiles for their niche clothing business (www.ubuclothing.com).
First issue? Once we had narrowed down which painting (design?) might work could I send over a 20MB mixed image? (I should say we had already discussed what the remuneration would be should the image work on textile). 20 MB image? No I cannot. I take all final images of my work with my iPhone (approx. 2MB file) and am virtually always very happy with the result. To achieve a 20MB image would require the right equipment, the original image not behind glass and the painting still to be in my possession! Long story short we identified an image still in my studio on the easel and a husband with the right equipment.
Image sent and forwarded onto the textile manufacturer to see if it translates. And of course, the colour mutates thanks to different equipment and software.
The reason for telling you all of this? Do keep a good quality photo of each painting you produce and, if possible, and, if you do see your work on textiles, try and take large format files.
Things coming together!
Fast forward to April 2021.
This whole new fascinating world of collaborating on the Autumn/Fall range for 2021 is coming together, we need to talk about labels for the items so the learning curve goes on.
Two of my designs have jumped through all the hoops and been made into fabric and garments. It is really quite a strange feeling to see colours and design that I assembled be recreated as a textile.
The two images that were eventually selected are ‘Garden Epiphany’ and ‘Solitaire’.
And the stunning final results are below. Thankfully they are both reversible as I can imagine some days my colours might just need tuning down a bit:-
So my addiction to Unison Colour soft pastels has now led to these garments going online later this year for the Autumn 2021 collection, so for now I am just so pleased I did pursue talking to Ubu Clothing. They have been a delight to deal with and it has given me a whole new experience despite Covid and lockdown etc.
The moral of this little tale? Amidst all the fake news and scams that seem to permanently swirl around there are genuine people and genuine opportunities. So keep an open mind and sometimes social media comes up trumps!