Another Monday has come and (almost) gone. I must admit that it's getting harder and harder to keep up this blog. I know of many others who eventually stop blogging, take a hiatus, or move on to another form of social media. Even though I use FaceBook, I still want to keep my blog going. Since I didn't get any suggestions about what to blog about, my attendance here has slacked off a bit.
What's really on my mind lately, I hesitate to write about. It's not all sunny and positive. I feel like I'm standing at a crossroads-with my jewelry business, and my life. On the jewelry home front, I feel that business has been going down, and getting worse, especially in this last year. Sales are down, attendance at shows are down. My spirit is down. When I decided that I would do less shows this year, I at least had a couple in mind for this fall. And with the poor showing in July; 1) I cannot afford to apply to the one show, and 2) I missed the opening application for the other one, only to find out most of it is already booked/sold out, and I may not get into that one either. Such is the up and down life of an artist.
I sometimes wonder if I have what it takes to do this. I have a somewhat "thick skin", and usually have a "Never Give Up" attitude, but I'm getting so tired of the wait.
The jewelry category is so oversaturated. It becomes increasingly difficult to create "new" designs without stepping on someone's toes or being called a "copy cat". (Get over it.)
So I started to think about expanding my already developed skills (like fold forming) and go bigger. Create wall art, bowls, sculpture. It gives me a glimmer of hope creating something new in form such as this. And I really haven't seen much in terms of artists at shows or otherwise working in this style. I do know a couple, who's work I do admire.
But with this comes more expense. To go bigger means buying larger sizes and quantities of metal. I'll need new tools to work at this level too. Not to mention more studio space. And at this time, with no extra money coming in, it's just not possible. So what am I to do? The answer that comes is...... start small.
Yeah, I get that, but I'm a gotta have it now, gotta move now, type of person (type A type you say). Well, I probably rambled on long enough by now, and if you didn't get anything out of this blog post; well, at least I think I did- just a little bit anyway.