Monday, June 02, 2008
Now that the big day is drawing near--the Artisan Festival--I can't seem to motivate myself to crank out the purses. Purses are my biggest sellers for quantity. But they're the worst performers for profit. I make such a tiny profit on them that slaving away at the sewing machine for hours to make $5 per purse does NOT sound like a good business plan.
And then there's the creativity struggle. I like creating useful objects, and I like creating one of a kind ideas. I like to work BIG. So I've been painting. And not what I'm supposed to be painting--like the 3 commissions I have on the block right now. I just want to play around and make something pretty. Is that so much to ask? I feel sort of naughty for painting when I should be sewing, or at least working on my commissions.
I have been doing some sewing, which I will be showing you in the next couple of days. And I do have a stock pile of items which did not sell at the MamaMade open house. The only thing I sold that day was more than 20 Cuffees! Crazy! So I'm cranking those out like a madwoman.
Here's a detail of the painting I did this weekend. It used calico for the background, paint with a LOT of gel medium and layers of fabric for the clouds, and pastel chalk to make the sketchy marks. Then more gel medium.
I really like the look of it, but wish it was bigger. I have this desire to create really big things right now. I think it's a subconscious cry for open spaces. I WANT TO BE OUTSIDE! I WANT TO GO TO COLORADO!
Okay, I'm being weird today. I'll sign off.