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What is friendmade®?

Friendmade® is a brand, a label, a frame… offering an online platform and allround services to an organically changing, self-curating network of painters, photographers, illustrators, digital artists and other artists.
Friendmade® is all about helping you bring your art to artlovers and about helping them find the most creative and contemporary art on the market.

Art is emotion. An expression that leaves an impression. A simple message of beauty or a disruptive barer of opinion. And first and foremost… It is personal, subjective and always a matter of taste; the taste of its creator and that of its buyer. In friendmade® we connect these two together.

Why friendmade®?

Friendmade® was founded by artist, art director and entrepreneur Stijn van der Pol and Sales & Marketing professional Kevin Bäumer to offer artists of all kins a platform to share their art with the world. We believe that art, when created free from boundaries and limitations, is the most authentic expression of human kind that can and should always be able to move people in all levels of society. In friendmade® we strive to create this freedom for our connected artists.

What can a friendmade® artist do?

At friendmade® YOU define the style by creating art and by making friends. By offering your art, you cocreate the friendmade® collection. By inviting friends and by taking part in votings, you codefine the collective friendmade® style and you express your taste in art. Your friendmade® profile will be linked with the profiles of each artist you invited or voted for. As you get connected more within friendmade®, your taste becomes more visible to online visitors, who can now browse art by taste. No curator needed!

In short, as a friendmade® artist you can:
1) offer your art to the world through friendmade.fm
2) choose to offer your art in all available friendmade® printing methods
3) co-define the friendmade® style by participating in our 4-monthly votings as a curating artist
4) invite your most talented friends to join friendmade® and get even more connected

What can I sell at friendmade.fm?

Friendmade® offers your art to consumers as beautiful high quality fineart prints: posters, dibond prints, acrylic prints, framed fineart prints and more. All these products are printed and produced in the highest possible quality by Sander Fineart Studio in Cologne, Germany. All our frames are made by premium quality frame maker Halbe® in Kirchen, Germany.

Next to selling prints, we have created smart, innovative services such as our friendmade® interior art service and our artvertising concept, to sell your art to businesses.

What do I earn?

At friendmade® we believe in openness and in sharing fairly. You create the art. We sell it. Two equally important codepending qualities that need each other for success. That is why we share the profits on each artwork sold 50/50! For each product we sell, we have calculated a fixed base price (FBP) that includes production, branding, packaging and some minor costs per sale that we won’t bother you with but are happy to explain you in personal. For each sale your earnings (WIN) are defined as a part of the netto sales price (NSP) as followed. WIN = (NSP-FBP)/2

How does selling at friendmade® work?

At friendmade® we believe in smart processes and ready-made products to keep things simple and automated where possible. On the other hand, we highly value maintaining the quality and creativity of our brand and believe these are best protected by keeping a close connection to our network and assisting our artists with personal advise and services. To combine these two believes, friendmade® is a hybrid between an online marketplace and classic gallery & shop.

Adding a new product to friendmade.fm works as follows:

1) As a friendmade® artist, you get a personal friendmade.fm username and password for you to login to our platform.

2) From your online account you can at any time send us your art. During a simple submitting process, you can choose one or more printing methods and set a price for each artwork you wish to sell.

3) When we receive an artwork we will get in direct contact, discussing and/or varifying your desired printing methods and price settings.

4) If we both agree on prices and printing methods you send us your high res files and we will prepare your artwork and products in our gallery and webshop.

5) As soon as we are ready, we will put your products live and we will promote you through multiple online channels.

You make friends & create art… We do the rest!

How can I join friendmade®?

Friendmade is a closed network of artists. There’s two ways in which you can join:

1) Get invited by a friend.
Each of our curating artists can invite other artists to join friendmade®. Are you invited to join, you will have the opportunity to upload three of your best works. These works will be send to three randomly selected artists from our network, who are than directly invited to review your art and to vote if you can join friendmade. Do at least two out of three friends vote in favor of you joining, then you are in.

2) Participate in an online curation round.
All through the year we invite artists to introduce themselves to us, by sending us their best work. Every four months an online curation round takes place. After the curation round’s deadline date, all artworks applied in the curation period will be presented to all our friendmade® artists for a collective voting. The artists most voted for are invited to join friendmade.

How to prepare a print file?

By working together with our fineart print studio, we have learned that creating the perfect print file is a science on its own. Although we want you to focus on making art and don’t want to bother you with this science, we need you to get the basics right.

For each artwork you want to sell at friendmade.fm, we need you to send us just one file:
– Original JPG or RAW (camera) image
– Color Profile Adobe RGB
– Highest possible size and resolution / minimum 300dpi
– Make sure you have enough whitespace / overfill on the sides. 2MM for poster till 20mm (!) for framed fineart.

We’ll convert your image into a series of print files suitable for our printers to process your artwork in each size and for all printing methods.

How do I digitalise my painting?

Selling prints of your painting or illustration is a great way to make some extra money on your artwork or to not even having to sell the original at all. To get the best quality print, resembling your painting as much as possible, we advice you to have a professional scan of your artwork made. Artwork scanning services in your neighbourhood can be found easily through a google search. Please let us know if you need help digitalising your artwork. For small to extra large size scanning we can very much recommend Sander fineart Studio in Cologne.

I applied to friendmade®. What now?

All through the year we invite artists to introduce themselves to us, by sending us their best work. Every 4 months an online curation round takes place. After the deadline date, all applications made in the curation period will be presented to all our friendmade® artists for a collective voting. The artists most voted for are invited to join friendmade®; as a full member or as an friendmade® academy artist.

After each curation round’s deadline date for submitting art, our artists and we need one month to vote and to count votes. The results of the votings for each curation round will be shared with applying artists one month after the deadline.

So you participated in our curation round? You uploaded your art and are wondering: what now? Deadline dates are March 1st, July 1st and November 1st, which means results of votings are shared with applying artists around April 1st, August 1st and December 1st. Have patience! We’ll be sharing the results with your shortly.

What is friendmade® Academy?

Friendmade® is a platform self-curated by its most creative photographers, illustrators and other artists. We ask our artists to participate in online votings and select new friendmade® artists based on quality and taste. During voting we don’t only ask our artists to express their likes and dislikes; we also ask them to spot talented artists that they think have great future potential. These artists are invited to join the friendmade® academy.

As a friendmade® Academy artist you can test, develop and prove your artistic skills. We will support you with workshops and tips and you’ll be able to offer your art in a limited number of printing methods at friendmade.fm. Twice a year a selection of friendmade® Academy artists is invited to join friendmade® as a full curation artist. This selection is based on a combination of factors, such as pageviews, sales and social media activity.

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