I’ve always been creative - been drawing and making things since I was tiny. Even when I’ve tried to work at ‘proper’ jobs I would end up doing creative things - designing posters, helping organise events (it was usually cheaper for my employers to get me to do the creative stuff than to pay for someone else to do it, and it saved me being bored out of my brain doing admin or accounts lol!)
I’ve been running Dandelion’s Gallery for 8 years now, and most of the time I love it (and some times I can even afford to pay my bills!)
But some times I get despondent. I see people who rake in a small fortune by making things using copyright images or trademarked phrases etc (I know they are taking a big risk, but not all of them get caught out). I see people who follow every latest trend in producing items very similar to many other people which require the minimum crafting skill, but again they make good money as they mass produce whatever’s currently the ‘must have’ item.
I just try and get on with doing my own thing - and I do ok with sales (but I can’t do craft fairs for health reasons, so that limits things a bit).
I’m not quirky enough or trendy enough to be someone who gets items featured by Folksy (I used to occasionally have an item included in gift guides etc, but it’s been a looong time since that happened). I’ve often been in the top twenty sellers list on here, but I’m not new enough to be interesting any more, so there’s little chance of me ever being the featured seller.
All I want is to be able to make a halfway decent living from my art.
I guess I have the January Blues. Anyone else get like that, and how do you give yourself a kick up the bum to get over it?