Making an Etsy shop, planting seeds.
Back in November of 2017, after my show had closed and I was looking for new ways to share my work, I created a few listings for sale in an Etsy shop. Years ago I'd sold some vintage items, so I went to the old shop, updated the name and added some small pieces. There they were, all ready to go. And there they sat in their lonely little corner of the internet. Nothing happened in November. Nothing in December. Nothing in January. Crickets chirped into February. I continued to create new art and almost forgot about the Etsy listings.
On the last day of March, I received a message from someone who had somehow found my few listings. They'd seen my items and liked them, but wanted to know if there were other things I might offer for sale. I directed them to my Instagram where they found a piece they were interested in buying and we agreed on a price. So I sold my first art piece via Etsy, but it wasn't one I'd listed there! I felt encouraged by this for sure, but had no idea how it had happened.
Soon after that sale, another buyer found my work and placed an order from the Etsy shop. Since this first order in April, this buyer has bought a couple of other things too - I have found an art patron! The amount of confidence and encouragement this gives me is immense.
I have had some dark and difficult times in the past year. I have been strengthened by the feelings of appreciation I've gotten by making my way back to my art. I would not have followed my curiosity where it wanted to lead me without encouragement. I want to continue to grow what has started here and this site and blog are part of that. I've got thoughts. I've got feelings. I would like to share and connect. There is fear.
As of today, I don't have the skills with internet things that I want to have and I'm not young and I get frustrated. I also work full time doing something that doesn't bring me joy or indulge my curiosity about the world. I also get tired and when I'm tired it feels nice to sit on the couch and watch baseball or Family Feud on TV until I fall asleep. But even when I'm tired and frustrated, I feel a powerful pull to make stuff.
I want to change my life to make more time and space for art making and I want to make more time and space for art making by sharing and selling some of the things I make. As of today, I am taking steps in that direction.
I'd like to end this entry with a quote by Robert Louis Stevenson I recently heard on a podcast:
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."