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Designing Dilemma

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

So without any grand plan last night I sat down to make some new memory wire bracelets. I threw some colors into the bead spinner and away I spun in some zen-like beading trance. I needed a mental distraction for the evening. I think it's called procraftinating (that's procrastinating crafting). 

40+ bracelets later and my peanut seed bead stash almost depleted I started to formulate what to do with these awesome stacks of bracelet-y goodness. 
 
At first I thought I would make some tiny willow headpins to coordinate with them, but as I looked at my mountain of bracelets I realized they were the colors of the butterfly wings I had been creating last week. And so I whipped up some headpins to go with them.
And doing some further contemplation on what to do with 40 bracelets had me thinking of where I would sell them which led to a momentary dilemma. I would like to take some of them to our local Center for Arts where I have a collection of jewelry. 
 
I live in a small, conservative farming community that enjoys a crazy summer tourist season thanks to the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. I've struggled with finding the right local venue and of course I could adjust what I make and throw on some tiny bead charms like the bracelet above, which would give me a lower price point and make them more sell-able. And it's a cute bracelet and all, but, meh...
It's hard to settle when I know adding these beauties to the bracelet will do some serious magic.
Wowzer, note to self: don't settle as a designer. Just don't! 

Look at what I could have missed out on making if I had settled to make something just to sell them quickly. These are little works of art, these stand out, these are unique. These make my heart sing.

I will take some down to the local art center and work on marketing them there. But I will also sell them on my website where I can connect to those who are looking for something beyond the ordinary.  I just can't make things to fit the local market. I need to make things I love and then go out and find my market. My time is too limited to make things that are ho-hum.
 
 
 

Comments

Gorgeous color combinations!

Gorgeous color combinations! The wing charms really do add that extra special something to an already fantastic design. They also add an element of your wonderful handcrafted art making them, in my opinion, more valuable.

Great inner dialog post,

Great inner dialog post, Heather. Have this one occasionally myself. Create to please myself or someone else?
Those butterfly wing dangles do make these bracelets even lovelier. Best wishes!

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