6.14.2011

Trying to take the Easy Rd.

We made some jewelry. Rings and hair pins. Sweet and cute, right? We made the components, fired them, glazed them, fired them again and attached them to the findings.

Easy. Thought we'd sell them all.

Instead, I pulled them off the table the second day of the show. (I did have a couple of sweet people that specifically asked for them when they were gone.)



Why?

I felt compromised and cheapened. I had made them for a quick buck. Don't get me wrong, I like them. I'm wearing a hairpin right now. But the intention behind them was to make money. And maybe that is just not an appropriate starting point for me.

I also felt like it distracted from my other work. A typical passerby to my booth would look at the hanging baskets and berry bowls, admire the cake stands and then spot the shiny jewelry. Pick up a couple of pieces, put it back down and walk away. Was that why I was having a bad show? I don't know. I do know that I had a better show after I pulled the pieces out of my booth.

This was a frustrating show. And maybe it is too easy to blame the jewelry. The show was jam-packed with jewelry (around 1/3 of the vendors.) Some of it was well-made and beautiful. Some of it- not so much.

Perhaps, it was a poor decision on my part to participate in the show. Normally, it is a good show for me. But this year felt differently. Cheaper. Boring. Stagnant. And I don't think I was doing my work any favors by being there.

I have never come away from a show feeling that way before. And maybe that is a sign of growth. Recognizing where my work belongs and where it doesn't.

Mostly, I learned that we weren't on Easy Rd. And, really, have no clue where it is. And now I'm not so sure we should try to find it.

3 comments:

Sweet Scarlet said...

Gosh, Jeanette, you work is so beautiful. Put it down to experience and find a better, more refined show next year.

Wishing you all the best.

Elise from Sweet Scarlet

Blhosh said...

Gosh, I like the pins and rings. Very cute! And of course I like your pottery too. Don't be so hard on yourself. One bad show isn't anything to beat yourself up over.

-Kelly

jeanette said...

Hi Elise and Kelly! Thanks for your sweet words, I really appreciate it.

I don't think I am being hard on myself. If anything, I learned that I need to find better shows/opportunities that reflect the quality of work that I make. Not settle for something, just because it worked in the past. And I just felt like this particular show wasn't the environment for me. I should be striving for better.