So I’ve been running into the problem lately of people asking me what I “do”. I do lots of things, but I find that I’m always at a loss for words, there’s an awkward pause, and I try to find a way to explain all of my creative endeavors to someone who just asked a simple innocent question and didn’t want a 10 minute answer. I’ve been playing around with the idea of labeling myself a “creative mercenary” since I usually just appear for short periods of time to work on a specific project, whether it be photo styling or picking out a wall color for a friend’s apartment. I’ve heard some reactions that thought the concept was too violent, but I think it’s better than a “will work for food” business card. Here’s something I’ve been playing around with – I’d love to know what you think!
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I’m working on updating the layout and design of the blog – here’s a little sneak peek!
It’s a lot of work, figuring out all of the code and that nonsense but I think it will look a lot better and be a lot easier to navigate!
Also, I’ve been working on what I’m calling a “visual resume”, even though it’s more of a portfolio. I have a lot of different crafty endeavors and like to have my fingers in lots of pies. That’s the sort of thing that’s hard to communicate via a resume. So I’m creating a series of pages, each highlighting some of my work in various genres. I’m trying to tie in the design of the pages with the new blog design so everything is a visually cohesive whole. Here’s two of the pages I’ve been working on:
I’m doing a show this weekend, and I’m pretty excited! I’m also a little freaked out because the last show didn’t go so well (no traffic) and I have no idea what to expect from this one. However, I’m looking at it as an learning opportunity and a way to gain some exposure in my local area, so that should be good! In anticipation I’ve been working on some branding ideas, so they should be up in the shop soon. I also got some great stickers made from moo.etsy.com, and am waiting to to see what they look like! Check out this link for ideas if you are doing a show yourself:
I just found a great article on pricing your craft work. I think that this is something that most of us struggle with; what the real cost of our craft is, what is reasonable to charge, what we think our products are worth. It’s very clear and concise, and is definitely worth taking a look at.
I really want to make this shop work. It is something that I have wanted to do all of my life – make things! I think that etsy provides a great venue to really be able to make of it what you will. They provide the infrastructure, and you provide the creativity! I just hope that I can really make the most out of it that I possibly can.