I’m sitting at my computer feeling guilty about not having blogged in ‘forever’…. and trying to think of a topic that would be interesting and also supportive of my peers in business. I am an artist trying to be a business owner. My right brain and left brain trip over eachother often, yet I think as an artist I have a perspective that benefits my customers.
I recently had a custom request for some roving for a spinner who wanted to make yarn that was inspired by coffee foam. As an artist, I knew exactly what she meant. So we started talking color and texture and exchanging photos. 23 emails later, we came up with this blend of 7 different wool fibers that will emmulate a steamy cup o’ cappuccino.
So, my office is a mess and I always push the deadline to the bitter edge (or just past) and I’m constantly running to and fro. But I can speak the same language as my customers because we share a creative connection. My business has become an extension of my art. I can’t wait to see what the Coffee Foam yarn looks like, or whatever the next inspired project may be. Custom orders are no problem because I understand when someone says “can we add a ‘pinch’ of a cinnamon colored wool to that?”
Whatever your art, consider where you shop. By shopping from another artisan who is trying to ‘make a living’ as a supplier, you are supporting “the little guy” and helping someone’s dream come true. At the same time, you should find that you get excellent customer service because your supplier understands what you are doing.
So if you can deal with the fact that we organize in piles instead of in files… make an artist your supplier.
Team ESST is the Supply Team on Etsy. Many of the suppliers are also artists. Whether you are looking for beads, paper, tools, fabric or wool; you can find it at Team ESST on Etsy. http://www.freewebs.com/etsysupplystreetteam/