Simple but not Plain...
I've been following this thread of an idea in the studio over the course
of the past year and a half. I've had a lot of personal reasons for
staying on track and seeing this idea through... the least of which is getting an idea market ready.
It's rewarding to look back and see the trajectory of a vague idea pulled out of a dream of dead sleep. This one was special fun, working it's way slowly down the path of call and response of trying out approaches, and happily falling short...
Teasing out the threads, learning how to make the idea work, pushing it forward, and letting the idea evolve.
Could you dream of holding me in your hands, feeling my rough broken skin, bring me to your lips?
I am... I become as Lovely as you see me.
(I'm so pulled to the unglazed surface. It's character begs so many questions, while the glazed surface asks to few questions, it sits compleat in itself. It is "beautiful" in such a way as to disappear.)
I struggle with Seth Godin's idea of the purple cow. (if you don't know what I'm referring to... do yourself a big favor and Google Seth and listen to anything you can find.)
Frankly, I don't believe it's enough to anchor myself into the notion that quality alone is even capable of carrying anyone's work out into the world anymore. You can make ripples with quality, but it takes something more to make an impact.
I'm just not that confident in myself, my work, or the world in general. Shooting for the middle doesn't feel safe anymore.
Gotta stand Bold and play loud if you want anyone to stop and watch.
If that wasn't bad enough, but it just doesn't feel comfortable any longer to sit on yesterday's successes...
Yesterday is long done. If you like yesterdays designs, pick em up as they hit my Etsy. Those designs are going to become rarer and rarer very quickly.
I'm still pushing to invest myself into the idea that every work needs to be inventive and unique enough to warrant the attention the work can find. I'm becoming more and more interested in impact and expression rather than sales. Probably a very unhealthy desire, but it feels suited to my needs as someone that makes because I enjoy the act of making.