All this discussion lately about handmade/indie/artist/crafter/designer/hand-printed/digitally printed/outsourcing/in-house production, etc. is stressing me the hell out…
I find myself wondering obsessing over how to label myself, what it is that I do, and whose respect I’ll gain or lose depending upon the “camp” I affiliate myself with. I worry whether pursuing art licensing as a stream of income classifies me as a “sellout”, or if putting my designs up on Cafe Press or Zazzle to be printed on the item of your choice somehow cheapens my designs. I wonder why finding my niche feels more like backing myself into a corner rather than defining who I am. I think about whether the items I produce digitally are seen as inferior to the items I print by hand. I wonder whether it’s the idea or the end product that has more value. And on, and on, and on…
All of this bullshit because of a label. So here’s my new label-
I make my ideas into things.
(I might just put that on my business card.)
And yes, I make things so I can make money. We all need it, and building a business making my ideas into things I can sell seems like a pretty satisfying way to make money. But money and things aren’t the only things I make.
I also make time for family, but never enough time for me; I make conversation with strangers and plans with friends; I love to make people laugh and make connections with others; I make our house a home and most nights I make dinner. And maybe, if I’m not too tired, I might make a little love and get down tonight- lol! 😉
So I’m done stressing about a label; I’ve got too many things to make.
What about you? What do you make?