lainie put together a fabulous post referring to heirloom design, a concept that has taken hold of me since i read it. the timing was perfect as i began to consider selling my work. it has helped me focus on what that really means in general and in times of economic stress. sara, who has recently closed her shop also posted an interesting angle of personal observation and questions relating to making things. i know a lot of creative people swept up by the enjoyment of appreciation and then the possibility of making a living at what they enjoy doing. if you call it art or craft the same issues must be considered on a personal level.
....for me, i like to work myself into things slowly. to trust in the unknown and to understand pretense. i think we buy things for many reasons. sometimes all the wrong reasons. likewise we can sell things for all the wrong reasons too. i suppose i am using the word wrong to represent some lack of fulfillment (some kind of personal judgment on my part). i ask myself "at this point in my life what's the point of that?"
.....so on my small journey in this direction i am thinking about the experience from both sides... i was in the fabric/ fashion business for years and can say that i am no stranger to marketing and what that means. i escaped and i never intend to do anything like that again. i move forward with many questions and like all i do now, this is a process, out in the open. most clearly i am not out to cheat anyone and at the same time i won't cheat myself by compromising the detail or conscience in my work...
i am asking myself...what makes things timeless, what gives things value, how can selling still be giving, what's in a name or a brand, and of course...who am i?
(pictured here, progress on "trusting in darkness")
as an added note, i need to incorporate a minimum amount of machine sewing in order to realize my goal of price reduction. and to stay green i need to find treadle sewing machine. anyone know where to find one of those? and any cool stories about them to encourage me would be nice too.