I forgot how hard it can be to open an Etsy shop. All the work that goes into something on the front end, which nobody ever sees.
It’s especially difficult when you’re still honing your craft. I know some people advise crafters to perfect your craft first – before offering anything for sale. But I don’t agree with that method. Perfection never comes, especially when you’re trying too hard. It seems that we must put our prototypes and imperfections out into the world in order to truly define what your art and craft is really all about. Learning is more about the mistakes than the successes anyway.
There is a definite type of doll that is emerging from all this work in my home studio. I prefer wired and poseable dolls over the rag doll or simple stuffed forms. Machine embroidered faces are IN, while buttons and other trinket type facial features have migrated out. Mostly – the natural fabrics like wool and linen keep coming around. It’s a slow process – figuring out JUST WHAT DUHBE IS this time around. But I’m getting there. Everyday brings some new thing that I either love or hate.
This blog may slowly become my outlet for working out the creative process (from the inside of my head towards the outside of the internet.)
If there is anything you’re wondering about – drop me a comment.