You may wonder why I publish this little nugget on the blogosphere. I, like probably several thousand other people have decided that we'd like to offer our talents, time, our escape from stress, our true passion, our coping mechanism, our dream with you. Perhaps we didn't really pick our dream, perhaps it picked us. Either way we want to succeed in some small way... or a big way in introducing people to what we do best.
Oh yes, I knit/crochet on commission like thousands of other people and yes they too want to succeed. I'm not interested in volume of commissions, I'm really interested in building relationships with my customers. Getting to know them, working with them to create something special is really at the heart of what I do. It not only gives me a great feeling but it also helps me to connect with people who might need my special skills at a moment of high stress. I'm a better person and a better artisan because of the connections I've made with my customers.
I've been told that the prices I charge, or really, many of us as artists charge don't match with the quality of our work. Don't get me wrong, the money is what provides the patterns and the supplies. Its the reward for a job well done. However, truth be told there's no amount of monetary compensation that can repay a
crafts person or an artist for doing what they love! As far as I am
concerned, making money is secondary to the creative process and making connections with people. I know many of my fellow fiber artists feel the same way.
Yes, pay people what they ask, give credit where credit is due, and spread the word about the skill of the people who have helped you find the perfect hand made gift.
In the end the legacy my grandmothers, Aunts, and my mom left me is, as I like to say "stitched into every fiber of my being". So when you see a hand made item, look at it not for what it is on the surface, see the artist behind the item. You can tell a
lot about people by their work. Perhaps you can tell them how much you appreciate the craftsmanship that went into their work.
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