I think there is a real sense of concern out there with this new and uncertain economy. In the art community, where our livelihood thrives on people indulging their passions in lieu of their savings accounts, there is almost a sense of heaviness. I am not going to pretend I am unconcerned. I am realistic. My reality is that my work is a luxury item, all art & jewelry and craft (well most craft) is luxury and luxury is something people are slowly starting to think twice about.
But I am also an optimist and in many ways an opportunist. I see this change in economy as a possible boon to the small world of cottage industry, a way for buyer and seller to connect. As the hand-makers of our work we offer so much more for every "luxury" dollar; a human connection, a thoughtful touch, the simplicity of amazing customer service. Shoppers should receive a real sense of value from each and every luxury purchase and as small business artists we are stretching the value of precious pennies in ways big retail can't.
I have so many ideas swirling around this and they haven't all come to the surface in a way that I can write them out yet but there is a lot of positivity in being an artist in a time of economic woes. I feel energized and inspired in a new way, as big box closes it's doors, more of ours become open.
There is so much more to say and I will be saying so much more. I believe there is a lot we can achieve.
I am going to end this rant here (feeling a bit soapbox-y) but I have plans to post more, both informative and inquisitive. I'd love to hear thoughts on how we can see mainstream embrace handmade, it is time and I believe it is possible.
On that note, have a lovely Thursday!