You Can Help Protect the Environment with Your Art

Why should we care about the environment? The answer is simple. It provides us and all living species with the natural resources we need for survival, good health, and quality of life. It’s our duty to protect the environment so it may continue providing for future generations to come. But what can you do as an artist to raise awareness for environmental issues and make an impact in the world? One option to consider is Threadless Causes. This Artist ShopsRead more

Art Trends: Basquiat’s Rise to Global Notoriety

The last Art Trends post covered the work of 15th century Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. Now, we’re exploring more contemporary art as we dive into one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings. The late Basquiat is a well-known artist typically associated with Pop artist Andy Warhol. However, despite his close connection with Warhol, Basquiat himself was not a Pop artist. In fact, he was a Neo-Expressionist. Why are we talking about Basquiat in an Art Trends post in 2021? Well, on MarchRead more

Art Trends: Botticelli’s $92.2 Million Dollar Painting

For our next installment of Art Trends, we’re taking it back to the 15th century. Yes, thus far I’ve mostly referenced contemporary art, but now it’s time to switch things up! In the art market, trends don’t always involve contemporary work. Sometimes old documents resurface or new studies emerge on the “masters,” which result in their paintings selling for high prices at auctions. An art canonical “master”can also trend in the market when paintings previously stowed away in private collectionsRead more

World Building: Queer Black Artists and the Portrayal of Desire (Warning: NSFW Images)

CAUTION: This post on queer Black artists features art depicting nudity and sexually explicit acts, as well as photography with partial nudity. In honor of Black History Month, I want to focus on a trend within a specific group of artists, rather than the art market. It is important to note how Black artists, especially queer Black artists, have created their own spaces and modes of representation in the art world. Their contribution to the development of contemporary art isRead more

Art Trends: Surrealism and the Work of Leonora Carrington

Who comes to mind when we think about Surrealism? Salvador Dalí? Andre Bréton? René Magritte? Or maybe Max Ernst? These are the most common names one associates with the movement. They are the Surrealists we frequently see in museums, contemporary references, and art history books. What about the artists we don’t see? In other words, what about women? It took many years of art history courses for me to learn about women’s presence in art before the late 1940s. ItRead more

2020 Year in Review: The Resilience and Growth of Our Artist Community

2020 was a gauntlet. From a global pandemic to natural disasters, the year’s onslaught of events had a tremendous impact on the whole world. But doom and gloom weren’t the prevailing themes of the year. Instead, they were perseverance and togetherness in isolation. We’re incredibly proud of the entire Threadless community for not only showing resilience, but also coming together to serve those in need during critical times. This could not have been possible without YOU. Your captivating art wasRead more

New Product Update: Add Ultra Premium Masks to Your Artist Shop!

The holidays are upon us, yet the global pandemic rages on. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still recommend that everyone wears a cloth face covering while out in public to protect themselves and their neighbors. In other words, everyone must get more comfortable wearing face masks. We want to help you and your customers accomplish this goal. Add our recently launched Ultra Premium Face Mask to your Artist Shop today! This new addition to the Threadless catalogRead more

Transform Your Collections into Holiday Gift Guides

According to a 2022 survey conducted by Criteo, more than half of Gen Z and Millennials are planning to spend more online this year than they did in 2021.1 This increase presents more opportunities for Artist Shop owners to boost their traffic and conversion rate. One way of guiding your customers into making purchase decisions is to create holiday gift guides. The Collections feature in your Artist Dashboard lets you make a unique landing page in your shop for designsRead more

The Foolproof Guide to Email Marketing for Beginners

I don’t care what you’ve heard, email marketing is NOT dead. In fact, you’re losing out on a huge percentage of revenue if you don’t have an email strategy set up! Neil Patel quotes email marketing at an estimate of 23% of a total business revenue. The good thing is, it’s not too late to build your email-marketing strategy. So if you’re a beginner and want to learn about email best practices, this is a great place to start. 1.Read more

Threadless Causes: Making a Difference with Your Artist Shop

Willpower, collaboration, perseverance. It’s going to take that and a whole lot more to reshape the world to be as inclusive and socially aware as we all envision. However, it isn’t always obvious how we as individuals can leverage our unique skills to enact tangible change in our own communities and beyond. That’s why we are excited to present Threadless Causes, an incredibly easy way for you—the artist—to raise funds for the initiatives you support, from Suicide Prevention to HumanitarianRead more

New Product Update: Introducing Greeting Cards!

As you may have heard, Greeting Cards are now available in your Artist Shop! While we’ve all received cards in varying degrees of banality and awesomeness, how can YOU make amazing Greeting Cards that will delight your customers and fans and prompt them to purchase? While you have your art game on lock, we’re here to give you some general ideas that may prompt moments of design clarity as you populate your Shop with new or tweaked designs perfect forRead more

5 (Easy) Ways to Stay Inspired Right Now

Productivity, creativity, inspiration—it’s all happening a bit differently right now. From workshops to shared studios, art museums to neighborhood galleries, your go-to spots for a dose of inspiration are most likely in varying levels of openness. There’s also a good chance physical distancing has changed how you’ve been interacting with your circle of creative colleagues and friends. Which means that staying inspired takes a little ingenuity these days. Luckily, when you approach finding day-to-day inspo as an ongoing creative project,Read more