Is it a myth or the truth that artists used to pay their bills with a work of art? Don't you just think that's a cool idea? Ok Mrs. Dentist, give me my crown and I'll give you this painting. Some day it may be worth several crowns.
On her blog, Heaven and Earth, Hanne Matthiesen writes about art money. Art Money? I am fascinated and inspired. I read an article about Art Money in Somerset Magazine. But didn't follow it up. Art money is small (4 3/4" x 7") pieces of art work that can be used as money at various businesses.
You make your art money, post it on the art money site and then people can buy it and use it as money. Or of course keep it as a delightful small work of art. Hanne also makes beautiful books. Check out her Flickr site for photos. With her permission I posted a link to her studio photo in my studio list in the sidebar.
The first three photos are mock-ups of art money I may make. One regret, most of the businesses and travel establishments that accept art money for payment are not in the USA.
My table top. Stuff for art money.
Trying a slightly new bookbinding style. These are covers for four books I want to bind using little metal posts so that people can add more paper or different paper if they want. I still need to glue up the back covers and tear the interior papers. It is very similar to my Japanese sidebound book, but I will not sew the bindings, but as indicated use the posts.
They are proceeding verrrrrry slowly.