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That's a Great Question!"
Most sites use focus groups and company staffers to build their Frequently Asked Questions page. Not us. No, the questions presented here came straight off our social media feeds. If you don't see your question here, let us know and we'll add (and answer) it here.
Who are you and what do you do?
PrisonArtWear.com is a for profit organization that operates with a singular goal: to bring into the daylight, those works made by artists who are incarcerated. Through our online advocacy efforts in putting the artist's work into their own dedicated online portfolio, PrisonArtWear.com establishes those men and women in the art world; a portion of which we claim as our own...the re-organized prison art industry.
How much does it cost?
The establishment of the the artist's online portfolio is 100% FREE OF CHARGE. We will upload all art sent to us. Send 1, sent 1001...the interns will take the time (usually 15 minutes per image) to make certain it looks perfecton all of our merchandising platform's 27 products.
If your service is free, how do you manage to employ staffers and interns?
Generous endowments mostly, though those have expired since our launch in 2012. Lately we have relied on the 30% share of profit we take on all sales of the artist's work on t-shirts, iPhone covers, acrylic sculpture etc. We also offer our artists, their frends, family and supporters, a full suite of marketing products and services aimed at affordably putting their work in the map.
What can the artists, whose work you represent, expect out of their online portfolio and exposure through prisonartware.com?
Why don't you offer artist work on CafePress for zazzle.com platforms?
Great Question! The simple fact is, the interns hate both. At launch, we considered a group of approximately 8 merchandising platforms. None compared to the customer experience and ease-of-use found on the Redbubble platform. And while sales are initially sluggish using a platform based in the UK, the company is slowly but steadily gaining market share 8n the U.S., through its advertising on television and social media.
What can I do to help?
If you know an artist in prison.
1. First, go to our download page and
download, print, then send them
our Mail-in Package.
2. Help them, and by extension us, by
serving as a mobile billboard or
marketing "rep" of sorts, by either
wearing apparel emblazoned with
their work, or "ware it" by using
daily any of our products aimed at
bringing their work into the daylight
on iPhone covers, shoulder bags,
and more. Download the new for
Guide for complete details and
tested strategies for marketing
your imprisoned artist's work.
If you just want to help.
If the promotion and advocacy
of something new and interesting
appeals to your sense of humanity
PrisonArtWare (PAW) has.
volunteer opportunities for you
From doing "virtual"
customer assistance, to directly
working with the artists
themselves, serving as a PAW
volunteer takes social respons-
ibility to new heights. What an
amazing way to help an
emerging market, while simul-
taneously doing something good
for these men and women who
the Justice Department calls
"returning citizens" To learn
more, contact Skip Rivera.
Learning Portal (for artist's friends, family, and supporters)
Learn how to market your artist's work while advocating for the re-organized prison arts movement.
We at PrisonArtWear learned very early on, that the very best way to launch a prison artist's career in the outside world was to enlist the help of their friends, family, and supporters (FFS). Testing showed that when a single FFS took a piece of art-infused ware into the free world, not a day went by without at least one person asking from where the "carrier" purchased the item, shirt, skirt, handbag that was emblazoned with art they'd never seen before. The "walking talking billboard" concept has proved itself again and again.
Further testing showed...
...that when just a little marketing guidance was given to--and put into action by--these FFS's, the "one-a-day habit" grew proportionately; meaning more and more people started asking about the art they were "waring" in the form of a drawstring bag etc. This exposure meant that sales too increased as a direct result of the artist's work being shown in public.
...videos, art marketing tips and links were created by the staffers at PrisonArtWare.com to help you to learn how to best market the work of your prison artist; all while advocating for the re-organized prison arts movement. Enjoy.
Scroll down to learn:
- How to Photograph Prison Art
- How to Photograph Arts & Crafts, and Greeting Cards
- How to Market Prison Art