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

Numbers Don’t Lie: Grow Your Business with These Tools

If you’re an Artist Shop owner, you have the skill and imagination you need to make incredible art. We know because we’ve seen it! However, no matter how adept you are at wielding a paintbrush, pen, or stylus, you might not be familiar with the online tools you can use to better sell your art. There are two tools in particular that reveal how customers interact with your shop. Read on to learn how Google Analytics and targeted ad campaignsRead 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

Earn Double When You Sell Regular T-Shirts in March!

The pandemic continues to have a financial impact on independent artists and small businesses across the globe. At Threadless, we’re determined to help our artist community offset those financial losses any way we can. That’s why we’re doubling shop owner earnings on all Regular T-Shirt sales for the entire month of March! This amazing earnings opportunity is only available to Artist Shop owners opted into Managed Pricing and Promotions. Regular T-Shirts are the most popular product across Artist Shops, soRead 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

Update Your About Page in 4 Easy Steps

You’ve set up your Artist Shop and sales are rolling in. Our community loves your work and they want more! But questions remain. Who are you? What inspires you? Where did you come from? These questions can all be answered in your shop’s About Page. Keep reading to learn how to update your shop in four easy steps! The Importance of a Personal Touch The About Page lets your customers connect with you on a more personal level. Having anRead more

Art Trends: The Resurgence of Post-Impressionism

Art movements stem from a desire to break away from the confines of previous artistic conventions. For example, Impressionism is a departure from realism, not only in technique, but also in composition. The expressive brushstrokes of Impressionist works emphasize how light hits the planes of a particular subject. The artists of this movement also created in-the-moment impressions of their subjects, further separating themselves from realism’s true-to-life depictions of the world. Therefore, Post-Impressionism is a departure from the spontaneity and useRead more

The Anatomy of a Perfect Homepage

You walk into a boutique and the jeans are mixed with the blouses, the staff is apathetic, and the mannequins are passed out drunk on the floor. What are the chances you’ll end up buying anything? Probably pretty slim. The lesson here is that a strong first impression can be the difference between attracting or repelling customers. This is especially true when it comes to the homepage of your Artist Shop. Unless your visitors arrive through a side door, suchRead 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

With e-commerce on the rise and a pandemic still raging on, more and more shoppers are motivated to stay at home instead of braving it out in packed department stores this holiday season. According to a 2020 survey by Criteo, a vast majority of shoppers (71%) say they’ll start their gift searches online and 86% also plan to purchase from e-commerce sites and apps. Elevate the online shopping experience for these customers and curate holiday gift guides using Collections inRead more

We’ve Increased Your Artist Shop Earnings—Again!

We’re ecstatic to announce that if your Artist Shop is opted into Managed Pricing Promotions, you’ll never earn less than 10% of the sale price during promotional events! In fact, oftentimes you’ll earn more. Whenever we run a sale or promotion in your shop and/or the Threadless Marketplace, you’ll now receive higher minimum earnings across the board when the promotional price of an item drops below the base fee. This will significantly increase your Artist Shop earnings! Who inspired thisRead more