If you are an artist who sells your work, you know that things have changed in the last three years. Especially if you sell through shows or online. While I’ve known this, I’ve still held out hope that it would change. While most of it can probably be blamed on the economy, I also believe that it was bound to happen. That’s what a bubble is. Eventually, when it gets too big, it is going to burst.
You can only have so many bead shows…more and more keeping coming along which means that sales are more spread out. You can only have so many online listings and the same thing happens. So, I’ve been exploring what is next. I’ve been kicking around the whole homemaker fer real idea. Not just squeezing it in here and there between work but taking a true interest in it and putting it first. I have become more and more interested in food and healthy cooking. Heaven knows that I need to get this house in shape and do some decorating and refreshing. On top of that, there could be home schooling on the horizon.
So, what does that mean for my art and my blogging? I actually think they’ll be better if this all shakes out. I see it as an opportunity to design more and make more planned pieces, not cranking out inventory. Selling them more slowly, but that is ok because I will be making them more slowly. I’m not sure right now if this is just another “what if” or if it is going to become a reality.
I am also paring back on some of my volunteer opportunities and focusing more on what is meaningful to me and what I can handle. I am working on the online handmade Artist Gallery for Beads of Courage at www.artistsgive.com. In my head I have the dream and desire to make it the largest place for handmade works of artists who want to make a difference in their world, one piece at a time. Up until now, I haven’t sold any of my work through Beads of Courage, nor have I participated in any of the programs that involved artist contests. I will sell through artistsgive.com though. These purple heart pendants are the first of that. 60% of all proceeds in the gallery go to supporting Beads of Courage programs. 40% supports the arts and the artists who sell there and help support this.