“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”
C. S. Lewis
Hi, how are you today ?
After spending some quiet time figuring out where to go with my business next, I am slowly but surely starting to make some progress.
I’d be lying if I said that finding a new attitude towards work after Gallery Twenty closed down has been easy. There has been lots of personal soul searching and I don’t care how self pitying it might seem, but I have felt very sorry for myself and incredibly low at no longer being part of a business and larger business community. Working on your own can be incredibly lonely. I am feeling this very keenly still. Maybe I should root out my old portable DVD player for the studio ? I’m sure it must be somewhere, hidden away in a drawer somewhere ! Or rummage out some fresh music CDs to listen to as I work.
The dreary weather of late hasn’t helped either, but that seems to be on the change and the longer days are already beginning to lift my spirits.
I have been dipping my toe back into the online glass community on Facebook and have shared a few selling trunk shows / showcases with a lovely bead making friend (Joyce) over in the Netherlands.
Joyce makes beautiful beads, bursting with happiness and bright sparkles. You can find her work on Etsy HERE.
I do have some good news though .. sales are slowly starting to creep up. I have sold a couple of pendant necklaces in town at the Fox & Crow Gallery since they opened, which is not bad considering they’ve only been open for a week or two, so that’s promising too.
Online sales have taken an upwards turn too. I’m still not making enough to be totally viable, but I guess it’s going to take some time to rebuild a following on both Facebook and Etsy.
I have spent some time reflecting on old bead designs too, as I figure that it’s easier to sell beads than jewellery online. One particular style has given me renewed pleasure at the torch, my angels.
I love adding their serene, sleepy little faces and rosy cheeks … they always make me smile.
Apart from making more beads for the rest of this week, I am setting myself one more task. I am going to put together a portfolio of images of my jewellery so that I can look up and contact local shops and galleries to discuss whether they might wish to stock my work on their shelves. This is a biggee for me, as I find confidence so hard to come by.
I love making jewellery, but it does sell slower that beads on the internet, especially the more expensive pieces, so I have decided that I really do need to look for new outlets and try to get my name out there again.
So, small goals for this week … make some pretty beads and create a portfolio page for prospective galleries … I can do this, right ?
Don’t forget, you can see my work available for sale over on etsy —-> HERE
Huge thanks to all of you for encouraging me. Whether it’s by buying my work or sharing my posts on facebook, or by just speaking kind words …. it all helps.