Art for the Maker Movement

  • This is an idea I’ve been kicking around for awhile — I’ve wanted to do a photograph which captured what I think of when I think of makers, and which makers themselves would enjoy as a work.

    All of us started the same way — as curious kids (maybe big kids). At first, most of us were following in the path of someone else — along what feels like a straight, well-defined line. But there’s a point where things start to diverge, and we go off and do our own thing. That’s what making is all about, and that’s what I tried to capture here.

    Symbolism aside, I just dig this image. I’d like to sell it as a print, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. What I’d like to know from you is if you’d be interested in buying such a thing. It’s always hard to judge whether or not a print will sell, especially for the artist, who is often too close to the work to be objective — that’s what galleries and curators are for. But I don’t want this to be a gallery piece. I’d like it to be an affordable work that people can hang in their homes, hackerspaces, shops, or offices and enjoy, so I’m asking you directly.

    This would be an 8×12 digital c-print, matted to 6×10, without a frame. The image above is a mockup of the final print in a frame. You can see a larger version of the image here. The price would be no more than $30/print and would include a custom matte.

    Please respond in the comments if you’re interested.

    UPDATE: Wow! Thank you all so much for your enthusiastic response! I’m currently working out distribution (shipping cost, setting up a shop, etc.) but it looks like this could really happen. Prepping the image for print takes some time too, because I set very high standards for myself when it comes to prints. Thanks again for your amazing comments and encouragement — they mean a lot to me!