Sorry, I haven't blogged for a bit. Lots of things have been stirring around...
I have been considering for quite along time how I can make my jewelry more profitable and more efficent to make. My ultimate goal is to fully support myself solely by making jewelry. Those of you who make jewelry also can probably understand the challege in this.
One logical solution that I'm leaning towards involves creating a large line of easily assembled, and easily reproduced pieces. These can be sold on Etsy and re-listed easily after each sale thus saving me tremendous amounts of time photographing, editing, and listing each one of a kind each time. Plus the benefit of ordering bulk quantities of supplies, the option of "made to order" which minimizes slow moving inventory, the ability to then offer my line to retailers... etc... endless benefits. One drawback... will I still feel creative? or will I feel like a factory? will I still be an artist? is a vision of profitability causing me to "sell out"??? Or is that what "being in business" is really all about?
I suppose these are only questions that I can answer myself... and these answers will probably only come once I begin to follow that path. I just wish I could wipe away the feeling that I have. I just feel a bit like I am compromising my original vision. But, maybe, I am really just adapting.
Anyway, these are the whirlings of my busy, restless mind... any thoughts? feedback? guidance?
Above is a new photo of a new piece that would likely be part of my new line. This is a new style of photography as well, which I am truly loving!