I am currently in the process of starting my own business. I am looking for someone who might have some experience in my area for some advice! I am Alaskan Native with a passion for art, and a love for my people. Though there is some avenues for villagers here on the north slope of Alaska to sell thier artwork, it is few and very lackluster.
I am planning to visit the villages twice a year and buy artwork, then sell them to gift shops and collectors. Eventually I will hire someone part-time in each village to buy the art for me. I will also bring art supplies to sell to the artists, things specifically used for carving ivory, and for beadwork I am an avid ivory carver, a beader, a painter and have been selling my art since I was 11 years old.
Because employment is hard to find here on the north slope, many have turned to art to provide income. I am hoping to establish a business specifically to serve both the artist and the buyer...to ensure quality, craftmanship, and trust.
I have talked with several tourist gift shops and they are desperate to have access to native crafts from my area. I also know that many artists would like better access to buyers.
Anyways...sorry about the rambling! I am very passionate about my mission...but am looking for advice and knowledge in this area.
Quyanupak! (Thank you very much!)