Friday, May 29, 2009
This month’s merry question: Did you think you’d be doing what you are doing now (craft/selling) 5 years ago? What surprises you the most?
5 years ago, I was still living my old life in rainy England, getting up at 5:45 am and getting home at 9 pm. And while working with kids was great, teaching on the other hand was getting less and less fun by the minute. Ill health and too much stress prompted us to decide to totally change our lives and relocate to our present home (Turkey).
It was about 5/6 years ago, in England, that I stumbled by chance on a silversmithing evening class, and my love affair with crafting began. Never before had I shown interest or be encouraged to make jewellery, in fact I hardly ever wore any, I couldn’t find anything that I’d really like to wear… I started my silversmithing course, never thinking for a second that I would be where I am today, selling online. In effect, my very first sale (at work in England) was quite a shock, subsequent pricing was agonizing. The biggest surprise then, was that people liked what I made, and were prepared to buy from me.
I opened my very first shop on Dawanda 2 years ago, not to sell as such, but to see if my creations sparked any reactions. I had my first sale 3 weeks later, and it snowballed from there.
Crafting was like a revelation, something I should have been doing, the missing piece. And I keep surprising myself, creating pieces I’d never thought I’d be able to create. Another huge surprise is the network of fantastic people I have ‘met’ through crafting. Selling is like the icing on the cake, it means I can keep learning new skills, practice, meet new people, teach and guide, make the sketches real and live the dream. I have finally found what I want to do for the rest of my life, not just making jewellery, but BE CREATIVE. Surprisingly simple, oh so powerful.
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