Gosh it’s a been a long time since I wrote a ‘threads’ post. It was back at the end of March last year when I wrote ‘To listen to your head or follow your heart?’, and what a lot has happened since then! I mention an exciting opportunity in that post, and you don’t have to be Colombo to work out that I was talking about the East Beach Studios and Margot.
The idea behind the threads series was / is to document what it is like for someone, like me, who likes to make and craft, and is thinking about transitioning into making to sell. Well, I have been in Margot about 6 months now and I can officially say that I ‘make to sell’. I am well and truly transitioned. Although I still have tons and tons to learn.
Since I am still figuring out how to make for a living, I thought it would be good, and useful for me (and hopefully some others too) to continue the threads series. There are lots of questions that have arisen in the last six months, and lots of things I have found difficult; branding vs artistic creativity, how to navigate your way around pricing, how much to diversify from what you originally thought you would make, and how to collaborate and work with others effectively.
They are all quite meaty subjects, so I will try to tackle them separately. In the meantime, I thought you would enjoy a few pictures of Margot I took recently on a very sunny day. Here, as well as mine, you can see the work of Made by Sally Whiting, Louise Tyler and Ellie Bond.
I will be back later in the week with a little update on how I have found the last six months as a new maker.