Got a bit focused on the 14 x14 cm sized digital canvas this past few weeks and the result was this mix of old and new designs on blank greetings cards. i'm sorry i don't have an online shop:
Why i don't have an online shop:
If anybody has ever worked in a medium to large sized company that works with products, that has different departments, for example Marketing, Sales, Production, Dispatch, and Human Resources. It is clear to see that these different roles are filled by very different types of people. It is glorious that we live in a time when we can all identify and apply our varied skill sets in an individually recognised way like this.
Each of these stages within the job of making and selling a product, requires specialist types of space, or equipment, or training and knowledge. And of coursedepending on the size of the company, each requires time. Yes the HR department works full time, the production department works full time, the marketing and/or WEB department is full time actually no it is EXTRA and OVER time because the web never sleeps.
For each piece of creative work, be it music or art, in analogue or digital form. once it has got to the stage of being enjoyed by you, (the viewer/listener/ buyer if we're lucky), it has gone through numerous stages other than simply being dreamt up by the creator. hours and hours of the other work involved with getting creative work "out" . The online side of things is compulsory these days and finding extra time tobuild/attend/update the web as well as concentrating on making is pretty difficult. especially if you are not that type of character.
I really really like making pictures, and i really really like working in production. I always have. factory work and repetitive/boring actions over and over, enough to make me mad or at least a bit angry and then out the other side, totally at peace with the world. is my thing. This is why i've always liked repro-graphics, screen-printing, painting in-fills of tiny pattern over large spaces alongside my main " bottom-rung" employments of t-shirt printing and folding, lifeguarding and factory work.
I COULD design my own online shop, i COULD start andrun my own design company i COULD start my own food blog i COULD do a hell of alot of things because if you know me you know i am goddam determined, organised and bossy enough. As well as lucky enough to have these options availbale to me. But i can't sacrifice the precious time i have for making. the simple and necessary repetition of production work. Making, that requires patience and commitment and yes most of all patience. this is what i need to practise and what will nourish me, more than making £2.50 a time selling cards.