Sunday, August 26, 2012

Do You Know About Pinterest?




Scrapbooks have been around for a long time and very fashionable in the crafts world for many years.  I have one my mother kept and one I began in high school but haven't had the time or interest to start one until recently when I discovered Pinterest.  Most likely you know about this site and perhaps have an account.  My first glimpse left me "nonplussed"....  I didn't get it.  It just seemed like a site where people were posting images of stuff they wanted to buy.  Well that is true in many cases but that is only a small part of how to use this site.

Weeks later I returned to the the site and began to read and realized there is a ton of art presented there and it's a wonderful way to compile digital scrapbooks (Pinterest calls them boards) of art you like, love, admire or otherwise have an interest in.  I'm not going to go into detail about how this works but basically you "pin" images from other sites you find online onto your boards.  If someone wants to know more about the images they can click on it and they will be taken to the the location where you  found the image thus opening the door for a viewer to become better acquainted with your work.  Other people on Pinterest can also "repin" the image onto their boards.

I haven't had any detailed discussions with anyone about how they feel about having their images pinned on these boards but my personal feeling is that it's free promotion for the artists.  As long as no one is making money from this or putting your art onto mugs, t-shirts, decorative pillows or textured art boards I'm ok with it.  If you don't want your work pinned it's easy enough to block people from taking images from websites.  

It has been very interesting to go back and look at what I have personally pinned.  It gives you a clear snapshot of what is catching your eye.  It also reminds you how much wonderful work is being made.  Right now I need to create more boards with more specific categories as the number of pins is growing.

With all this beautiful work now identified I've decided to do a series here at Studio 24-7 of some of the artists whose work I've been introduced to via Pinterest.  Each post will have one image, a link to the artists site if I can find one and some comment as to why I feel the work is interesting, exciting, beautiful, challenging, unusual etc. or perhaps something more to encourage you to visit their website.  Hope you'll enjoy the collection.  This adventure will start soon.

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10 comments:

  1. Precisely! Pinterest is a brilliant tool and I have made a mark on my calendar to engage in it more after some looming deadlines expire.

    I am thrilled with what I've been finding. One woman recently wrote to me from Chicago (for other reasons) and mentioned that did I know my artwork is pinned all over Pinterest? I had no idea, and it doesn't bother me yet. My images are 72 ppi. People who view my blog are familiar with my work and my particular marks. Perhaps I'm more of the glass half full mentality.

    I willingly share my work on my blog and why not Pinterest?

    If I were concerned, I'd place a watermark over my images.

    And I like you, intend to post about other artists I find out in the ether.

    Good post Terry!

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    1. Thank you Christine! Yes, I've seen your work on many boards and think it's wonderful. Right now I need to review my categories and re-sort some images. I never imagined how engaged I'd be by this. xo, T

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  2. Well first of all, pinterest can be a very touchy subject with some artists but then again they might be very touchy about a lot of things (grin). For me I totally love it as a new creative tool.
    What I use mine for is to collect inspirational images that I see - I categorize them and they are super easy to access. I like to pin to original sources rather than "repin" something because a lot of times I want to dive more indepth in that subject or the originator of the pin.
    I also have boards for specific research for classes - like a whole Paul Klee board - or specific pieces - a whole "Seasons" board. I also have a Christmas/Birthdays wants boards which work amazing and I actually got what I wanted/needed for my birthday this year LOL!
    Of course there are a few for entertainment value but mostly its a collection of info I need in my work. When I'm having a particular fuzzy in a rut kind of day - I browse my boards and all the gorgeous images remind me why I love doing what I do.
    Ohhhhh and its nice to sit and pin late at night when you can't sleep (grin)

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    1. Hi Nina-Marie, Thanks for the great comments and ideas. There are always differences of opinion which I see as a good thing.

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  3. sure, i posted a while back about it. There are many ways for folks to steal images. It happened to me many times already. I do not support it.

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    1. Hi Jude. Thanks for the comment. I too have seen my images there and other places as well where permission was not requested but as I said, if it is something I can put on the web then the whole reason for putting it there was to share it with others. I really don't see this as stealing but I certainly respect your feelings on this.

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  4. I have found that as a teacher, Pinterest is an incredible resource for orgnizing images and ideas- makig my planning process SO much easier. As an artist, it was a little disconcerting the first time I saw my work pinned to someone else's board (especially without my name attached), however the pins link back to the originating websites, and I've gotten a lot more exposure that way. This internet thing is unwieldy- but you're right- if I'm putting it out there to see, why shouldn't it be shared and used to inspire others?

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    1. Thank you MarieE for the comment. Now that I have a better understanding of how Pinterest works, I try to make sure the name of the artist is posted. If the image isn't linked to the artists website, I try to look them up and I visit their site. Many of the images you find on Pinterest come directly from galleries who understand what a powerful tool this site can be. The web is "unwieldy".

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  5. I have been trying to avoid Pinterest as I know I would be hooked and spend many hours creating boards. Don't know how long I'll be able to hold out, though. It definitely has it's uses.

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    1. Hi Lisa. I understand your comments and concerns! I find that I do it in spurts and then have to STOP!!! Thanks for dropping by.

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