I was wondering if anyone has either attended Thomas Mann's
workshop called "Design for Survival" or if anyone has directly
purchased the course materials from his website.
Stephanie - I took the course from Thomas Mann at the Louisiana SNAG
conference a few years ago. It was a wake-up call on the business
of art. It got me started on pricing and looking at what I was
But - and this is a big but - Thomas runs an art factory. At the
time he had 16 people making stuff from parts he had mass produced
(not enough found objects to make his found object stuff), along
with accounting, marketing and other support staff. What he has put
into the course is how to price and manage that kind of operation.
He talked about vocabulary in your work - the art speak stuff - but
basically emphasized that this is all about how much you can make
It isn’t what I wanted to do - I got out of being an employer and I
want to stay out. I make everything my self, and I like it that
way. I don’t have 80 galleries carrying my work. I do have some
collectors and I have found a niche that suits me. Speed matters,
but so does pride in ones work.
I don’t know where he is now as to the size of his operation, he has
certainly been financially successful. The work he says he does by
himself is interesting and pushing the edge.
I’m not into running an art factory. What do you want?
And how do you Orchid folks feel about going to a show and having
the booth across from you show work made by 20 people in their