Saturday, 16 October 2010

Bosket and Namida... and believing in your own work!

I'm beginning to gear up for fully reopening my Etsy shop with revised photos and pricing.  It's something I've been thinking about (and struggling with) for a long time - the different ways to value one's work and having the confidence to do so.  After some while, and many helpful discussions with myself and other friendly ears (you know who you are - and thank you!) I have decided that it's time to support my own work more strongly.  

One of the main ways to do this unfortunately involves money - price often being construed to equal value (although often not actually the case) - but when your work is in the public sphere I do think this has to be taken into account.  There is so much information and advice available on the internet regarding pricing - what factors need to be taken into account and so on.   By the time you have factored in supplies and time often the numbers just don't add up to a feasible amount.

When I first started out, I couldn't believe that anyone would actually want to buy my work - I loved making it, but the process was the goal for me and the end result it was sort of extraneous in a funny kind of way.  Now over the months and years, I feel my skill has developed and so has my confidence (in myself and in my work) which means now that I can better value the time, care and skill that I put into the pieces that I make - pieces that I feel are beautiful and original.  This isn't meant to sound like blowing my own trumpet (so apologies if it does!) but rather it's an understanding that is very significant for me personally as well as for my work.  If I don't believe in it, who else will?!

It still feels all rather nerve-wracking though, particularly as another goal that I have set myself is to approach some galleries and boutiques in Edinburgh to see if they would consider selling some of my jewellery... *gulp*! I plan to do this after my shop is sorted out... and I'll let you know how it goes!

So anyway, back to the crafting - amidst all of this soul-searching I have actually been making things too :P - today I finished two brooches:
(loving this word - just learned it today - it means a clump of small trees or bushes :D)

and Namida (which is Japanese for 'tears')


Liz said...

Wow your work is quite lovely!

Spiral Dyed Downunder said...

These are lovely, I think they would do very well in a store. It's harder to sell on etsy I think because the photos can't ever do pieces like this justice. Beautiful.

KerryFelter said...

Here, here, Jackie! I just got my Etsy shop opened (finally!) this weekend. It's hard to put a price on things. I know the cost of materials and my time, but I am unsure of the retail market right now and I need things to SELL. I compromised a bit and so will just have to see how things go. It's all an experiment! Gorgeous brooches...

angela said...

So glad you're valuing your work more highly it is lovely. Youir two new brooches are fab

tastykaeru said...

Thank you, everyone :) And good luck with your shop, Kerry!

Kate x