studiotwentysix2 the art + design of tom davie

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

One Year and Counting

It’s been 52 weeks since studiotwentysix2.com went live, and I must confess, it has far-surpassed my original expectations. So, I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you about the past year, and also let you know what’s in store for the future. My very own annual report so-to-speak, only this annual report will not subject you to awkwardly-posed photographs of me in a suit, standing in front of a computer or painting. Nope, for you it’s a fantastic picture of sock monkeys getting ready to tear into some cake.



This past year:

The original intent for studiotwentysix2.com was to create a simple site that showcased my fine art work — nothing more, nothing less. However, within the first few weeks, I decided to include my design and personal work, choosing to have the site cover my full-range of creative interests. I thought studiotwentysix2.com might attract a few visitors per month, catering mainly to a local crowd. As it turns out, I was pretty shortsighted on my expectations.

Over the past year, studiotwentysix2.com has had tens-of-thousands of visitors from across the globe, combining for just under one million hits. During this time, HOW design, Design Observer, NOTCOT, Newwebpick, Vivianite, Gawker and many others, have been kind enough to link to my site and blog.

The aspect of studiotwentysix2.com that has been extremely flattering, is the amount of traffic my site receives from universities and fine art schools. I had hoped that posting my design projects would attract students and faculty alike, and as it turns out, universities in the United Kingdom, Greece, Poland, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and China, not to mention a few-dozen schools in the United States, have visited studiotwentysix2.com. Since I am no longer teaching, it’s great to know I can still help students, even if I don’t have the daily interaction like I used to.

Enough with the past, on to the future.

What’s coming-up?

In an attempt to further expand the studiotwentysix2.com site, I will be opening the studiotwentysix2 shop. Beginning sometime next week, there will be a “shop” link added to studiotwentysix2.com’s navigation that will lead you to the works available for purchase through the website. To begin with, the shop will offer my screen prints, several 24 x 24 inch paintings, and a few various other items. While some of the paintings will be quite expensive, I will try to keep lower-priced products available, to ensure that anyone who would like to own a piece of my work, is able to.

I am currently in the process of going through my inventory, photographing work and setting up the shop via PayPal. I will let my faithful readers know when the shop becomes live, via this blog. Also in the next few weeks, I will be adding more work to studiotwentysix2.com. This will be a combination of brand new work, and previous work that I have yet to photograph. Again, I will keep you updated on the status of this as well.

In closing, I want to thank each of you for visiting my site and blog, you are, without question, the most amazingly-fantastic group of remarkables ever. Seriously, thanks!

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