Want to know what a real RedBubble buyer looks like?

Then let me introduce you to Esther and Ross, my local greengrocers at Glenbrook. Esther and Ross bought the little greengrocer business about 3 months ago. As locals, we all waited with anticipation wondering what sort of changes they would make to what had been a tired little fruit and vegie shop.

Please take a close look at the artwork on their walls…look familiar?? They certainly looked familiar to me and finally, after doing a little project for Esther and Ross, I got around to asking them about their artwork. The conversation went sort of like this:

Adriana: Esther, I’ve been meaning to mention to you – that apple print, where did you get that from?

Esther: Oh, from the internet…

(Adriana immediatley jumps to conclusion that the image has been bought from a fake site, rather than original owner’s site. Cue melodramatic music. Facial expression is one of shock and horror and perplexion. Esther, seeing this and hearing the music, quickly clarifies.)

Esther: You see this friend of mine told me about this website where you can buy all this artwork. It’s called RedBubble.

(At this point, Adriana promptly faints flat on the floor not believing what she’s hearing.)

Esther: (while picking Adriana up off the floor continues) She told me if I wanted to buy artwork for the shop, I really only needed to go to RedBubble and I would find all the images I wanted. So I searched for the fruit and vegie images I was after and bought the posters.

Adriana: Wow, OMG, I have to journal this and let the others know that there are real buyers out there (looks myopically into the distance) And that all they need to do is tag their work. (wistful look that lingers like a daytime soap cliffhanger dream sequence. Cue more melodramtic music.)

(End of conversation, and reality descends once more)

So, here’s the photo I took of a proud Esther and Ross showing the artwork they bought on RedBubble. You’ll recognise the artwork of Jerry Alcantara here, here, here as well as an image from shall here and an image from Renee Tran here . There are 3 other posters hanging on the opposite wall, also by Jerry Alcantara’s .

And what have we learnt:
1. Tag your work. Pretend you’re a buyer – how would you find your work on RedBubble? Use appropriate tags that are relevant to your image.
2. That real people buy artwork on RedBubble, and not just friends and family and ourselves.
3. That Redbubble in Melbourne can act as an avenue to sell the work of photographeric artists in Italy, the US and UK to a business in Glenbrook, NSW, Australia and is seen by hoardes of tourists everyday.
3. That I needn’t bother with pursuing scriptwriting in the future. ; p

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