It was just about one-year ago this month that I launched my website and made what I consider my first real sale. Now I’m busying myself with holiday preparations and an anniversary sale, but the first independent gig was a big deal. I’ve been making jewelry for about 7 years and making sales along the way. But my first non-friend sale after leaving my office job was a big deal. It was the culmination of months of hard work and a decades-long journey of becoming an artist. Mostly, though, it was further proof that I had, in fact, launched myself as an artist/entrepreneur. Wow!
Fully embracing my inner artist was easily the most exciting, rewarding, and terrifying thing I’ve done. I was able to spend gobs of time in my studio, creating, blogging, marketing, and selling. You can now find my creations in local shops. I’ve participated in a few local markets and events, including sharing an ArtTruck with painter Michelle Peckham during SF Open Studios. Perhaps most fulfulling, I’ve had the opportunity to create unique pieces for friends and clients as they embark on new journeys or to commemorate old ones. In the midst of it all, I even learned how to Lean In! And to be honest, I’m actually missing the urban planning world just a teeny, tiny bit. Sshhhh, it’ll be our little secret. It’s hard to walk away from 10+ years of development and transportation.
But in all, this experience has been a learning process. There is so much to love about this job, but don’t be fooled. Being an artist and entrepreneur is hard work! I’m still in awe of people who make it look easy. Just one example of something that seems like it shouldn’t be too hard: launching a website. It took ages to pull together my website. Ok, not quite ages, but it did take a few months (months!) longer than I had hoped. Picking the webhost and theme, photographing and writing copy for each piece, and then naming and pricing them was a huge effort. And each of the pieces in those initial collections is precious to me.
Well, as you can imagine I’ve learned a lot over the past year or so. About myself. About retail. About artistry. About what inspires me. I’m always creating new pieces and refining my style. Each of the activities above, whether newfound or rediscovered, has piqued a new vein of inspiration and creation. As a result I’m working on a new collection to be launched in full right in time for the holidays (read: imminently). Take a sneak peek right here. In the interim, take a gander at my Anniversary Sale to get a few of my inaugural pieces before they’re gone. Just my way of saying thanks so much for being part of my journey!
- Richard Branson on Embracing Failure. (bobbyedegbo.wordpress.com)
- Art Curious? (lookingdownthehill.com)
- CREATIVE PEOPLE: An interview with Artist Eve Brinkley-Whittington (penegrinshaw.wordpress.com)