All Good Things Must Come to an End

Sometimes the best parts of life are only temporary.

It is with regret I announce tonight that I’ll be parting ways with Twenty20. (Where I sold my artwork/designs, living room décor, children’s room & nursery décor, greeting cards, and most recently but regrettably, digital licensing to my work for almost three years.)

My GalleryThere are differing interests with the future of their company. The direction Twenty20 is headed in is not necessarily a road I would like to travel with CardCastles or the future of my own work.

What This Means for the Future of CardCastles

Since the beginning, CardCastles has worked almost hand-in-hand with my gallery at Twenty20. Any posts on here that point to the “Artwork” page would take you to my gallery there. Since that page has now been removed as per my request, you will receive a 404 Error and be directed back to the main page.

Sleepy Sundays often told the story behind pieces that later went up for sale. Artwork will still continue to be shared in those posts. All personal designs will no longer be for sale. My gallery/artwork page has been temporarily removed from CardCastles at the current time. I may reopen my own personal gallery for viewing purposes only. Nothing will be available for purchase unless/until new avenues are explored.

Will my work ever go back up for sale as products somewhere else? Who knows what the future holds? I’ve been discussing matters with some old friends. One suggested I talk to vendors about selling my work in some big chain stores like Target. The truth is I’d actually be honored to do so. I just may be taking steps toward full self-employment in the distant future. Selling to vendors would be an option I’m certainly willing to explore.

A Shifting Sea

Some longtime readers from the early days here suggested that I open up a whole new site, specifically for my artwork. This is yet another option I’m prepared to investigate. There’s plenty of gorgeous portfolio-style and gallery-based themes WordPress has to offer so, it wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Since art is one of the primary focuses here on CardCastles, the space where the “Artwork” page once stood won’t be empty for long. I’ll of course keep everyone updated here with the changes ahead.

As always, I’m open to any suggestions or comments you may have.

So Long

My parting ways with Twenty20 is bittersweet. While I remain optimistic about the future on my own, I had a blast during the opportunity to work with them. Financial growth with them may have proved difficult. promo4We as artists had no control over the pricing of our products. Sadly, I was told time and time again the prices were way too high.

There were also magical times and honorable mentions throughout this experience that I choose to remember. Within my first few months I became a Featured Artist twice in the same month back when Twenty20 was Instacanvas. I went on to win this accolade three more times. I met some immaculately talented artists during my journey there. Connections were made. I received valuable input on where to take my art. Best of all, I had fun doing it.

Thank you to everyone that purchased my designs! I hope it brings you joy!

Memories

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14 thoughts on “All Good Things Must Come to an End

  1. I’m so sorry to read this, DD. The note cards I have from you are even more special now. I hope you find another outlet for your work. I have a friend who sells artwork through Fine Art America .com. It seems similar to Twenty20 – and is just a suggestion, because I hate to see you without an outlet to sell your lovely work.

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    1. Thank you so much for that, Maddie. I’ll definitely look into it. Still exploring so many options. It’s sad that this place has to be somewhat desolate until I can get some sort of gallery back up.
      I definitely feel the loss for the time being.

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    1. It’s certainly something I’m looking into. It looks barren here now but, I plan on setting something up for viewing purposes only temporarily. Then, possibly later on adding a new store depending on which route I decide to take with that.
      It all feels like somewhat of a “letting go” process. I’m getting there, though. & I’ll certainly keep you guys updated.

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  2. I can’t like this. It doesn’t sound like the company was treating you right and that makes me angry for you. I hope you can explore options such as another online venue, self employment or Target (one of my favorite stores). You have such talent. Hugs to you.

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    1. They weren’t to a degree. I’m still somewhat grateful to them, though. They helped me gain exposure. It’s not all bad. CardCastles certainly seems empty without an Artwork page, though. 😦

      I can’t wait to make something to fill that space.

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  3. I’m sorry this had to happen, but as hard as it is I am glad you are standing up for your work and integrity.

    Fingers crossed that a new avenue of opportunity appears for you soon ((hugs))

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    1. Thank you so much for that, sweetie. I needed to hear that.
      It was a tough decision but, it was one that had to be made. I don’t think their own company is going to be sticking around much longer. It seems many other artists feel the same way I do.

      I was going to make the email they sent me public, but for legal reasons, I can’t. (They could sue the crap out of me.) So, the best I could do was try my best to explain it here.

      It’s going to hurt the site here for a while, but I already expected this. I’m already exploring places like RedBubble (from Goldfish and Rara’s recommendation a while back) and etsy. There’s also Craftori which I’m somewhat interested in exploring.

      We’ll see. Time will tell. *hugs*

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