1.T-shirt from Freelance Ain't Free, 2.Gold Metal Lace Cuff from Inbar Shahak, 3.Beekeeper's Quilt pattern from Tiny Owl Knits 4.Necklace from Bare Metal Designs (I actually purchased a pair of earrings but it's for a gift so I didn't want show the actual piece)
Lately I've been thinking about how I can support handmade artists whether they're selling a product or giving away a craft tutorial for free. First there's the obvious, I can buy handmade. Above are a few things I've purchased from artists in the past few months. But then there's the question of how to support artists who don't sell a product? This has been a question I've been thinking about a lot recently.
Sister Diane, author of Crafty Pod has been publishing a unique series called "How I supported some free". She shares how she's personally supporting artists who give away their patterns and knowledge for free. A few examples of how she supports free are, donating money to a site, buying ad space, or clicking on Flattr buttons. I highly recommend visiting her site to read more about why and how she supports free.
Besides supporting artists financially, we can support them with our comments, stumbles, FB likes, tweets, etc. So my question to you is how do you want to be supported? What do you appreciate the most? Is it a comment? Is it your project being re-tweeted? Maybe it's something none of us have ever even thought of before. Please share.