I am excited to reissue an older print image and some older pouches - I enjoy using my own archives as inspiration, I am also working on some new bag designs, lots of new things to show you.
I had recently made a huge and hard decision - j and I are no longer doing wholesale, this was so tough because I had retailers that have been with me since the beginning. and their support has helped our company grow, as you know j and I make all of the lovely goods that come out of the studio and I sure miss having my mom around, my dad will be here in a few weeks - excited about that. we are always told that we should hire more people and make more goods, slowly we will get there, but our intentions are not to make more and sell more, we are both artists and we want to spend our extra time doing other work and exploring and being more creative, if we wanted to sell to tons of shops we would be a completely different kind of company, I don't want to sit behind a computer and order things and manage makers,
we want to make things - make more sculptures, paint more, draw more - make one off pieces.... so much to explore, so we won't ever be that kind of company.
I was also thinking about a conversation I had with a younger maker and about entering this world of making, and I had said to her that she was entering at a good time and at a bad time, I'll explain.
when we started our business, we would answer our email every few days, we didn't go on the computer that often, only to check our emails, we read more magazines and books, and we would work in our studio free from outside distraction - you didn't worry about being copied, or being accused of copying, you were in your work bubble. it's was easy to have things come to you naturally - I'm sure we've all been there, where we had an idea and when we go online - that idea has already been done, I think it's also funny when you see makers trying to use their blog posts as a time stamp as to when things were made, I'm guilty of that. try to remember blogs are only a snippet of a makers journey - there is a gigantic world behind the screen.
fast forward 10 years and the world is such a different place, sure the internet is super for reaching people from all parts of the world, everyone can follow you - keep in touch with what your doing, I check my email every time it bings - and I only made it bing so that I wouldn't always check it, I remember around 2004 when the bloghesphere was at it's peak and I would check hundreds of blogs a day - craziness, I can assure you I don't do that today - I check a handfull of blogs and all of them are friends. so now you're trying to start a business and it's hard to come up with an original idea, because so much has been done, really so much, look through art history, design history, it's all there, but I would say it's how you interpret it, it's how you see the world that makes it your own, no matter how much is out there, you are still who you are and your outlook is unique to you, I really don't know where I'm going with this post, it's late and I'm tired, but if any of this makes sense and it's helpful - that's great! I guess my point is that by not doing wholesale, I can at least get back to some of the early days of having more time to explore. I love the pace that I am at now and it's funny how life can do a full circle.