I’m thinking of setting up an account on deviantArt for my crocheting and amigurumi but I haven’t had one in a really long time, as in not since high school. So my questions are these:
1. Is it a good fit for people who crochet?
2. Do a lot of people who crochet use DeviantArt?
3. Is the crochet/amigurumi community largely comprised of people who are younger than 18?
4. Any reason I shouldn’t use it? Is there a better site?
I could really use some feedback on this from both crocheters and people who use deviantArt!
(In case this is relevant: No I don’t have an etsy store and I don’t have any plans for one at the moment because I just don’t have time to create an inventory of anything. However, I do take commissions though it’s largely been by friends.)
1. Yes, especially if you join groups whose focus is crochet.
2. Compared to say digital artists, photographers etc, then no, the dA crochet community is not giant, but isn’t really that small either. Mediumish. There is an entire section for Crochet, but some arts have no section (i.e. scrimshaw, what little there is falls under “artisan crafts -> Other) so it can’t be that small.
3. I don’t think so. Most I have run into have been mature folks. It’s hard to give an average age for the community since many people do not post their birth year or personal portrait. (That’s not to say that members of other communities in devart aren’t swarming with children who don’t need to be on the internet)
4. There are many art sites out there that are better (imo) than deviantArt but to be honest, needlework and fiber arts communities don’t exactly thrive in all-encompassing art sites besides dA. I’m not sure why, it’s strange. I think it’s mainly because dA is so huge, and people have seen it before, so that’s the first place they will try out. Fiber arts and needlework thrive in sites specifically dedicated to crafty things (i.e. Ravelry, Craftster)
You can get some really great feedback from dA if you know what to do. Mainly just be sure and submit your stuff to relevant groups, always tag your work and take a decent photo. The feedback may be small at first, but before you know it, someone sees your work in their group notifications and posts it on their blog with the share feature linking back to you, and you suddenly get all these views and possibly commissions etc.