Friday, 31 October 2008

Blogging Merry-Go-Round - Scary ??!

Jump on our merry go round and join a group of artists/crafts-women from around the world as they link hands and tell you a little bit about their lives in craft.

Do look up the answers from the rest of this band of crafters (links to your left). If they haven't posted yet, remember we all live in different time zones and check again later...

This month's question:
What is the scariest part of your art/craft?

Well— the craft itself is not the scary part, that's one thing!
I think what really scares me is the risk of "losing" it (the pleasure of thinking with my fingers, instead of my head, for once)— because of trying to "share" it (as in promoting and trying to sell). I have a "day job", a fairly exacting one, so crafting all began as (a lot of different) leisure activities that were important for my personal balance, But I've come to realize that thinking too much about promotion and what sells has done three very bad things: it has taken up a lot of of my "leisure time" when I didn't have that much of it to begin with, it has influenced my craft activities in not very creative ways and, as a result, it has taken away a lot my joy.
I'm working on it!
This is actually, why I haven't been bloging at all for the past month—trying to catch up with myself.
But I should add that this merry-go-round, with all the friendliness and great reading, remains one of my few enjoyable promotion activities. So thank you all again for this!


Lily Pang said...

Agathe, Yes, you are right. I have the same feeling. When you try to sell and promote, you loose your creativity and hence much joy. I am also try to learn to make balance of selling and be creative.

Easterya said...

Absolument!! Ta réponse lapidaire (!) a tapé en plein dans le mille: on a besoin de retrouver la joie pure de créer un bijou qui nous ressemble!!!
And I soooo agree with you: our Merry-Go-Rounding does not even feel like a promotional activity, and I, too, am so grateful to be part of it!!

'fancypicnic' said...

I am loving our merry-go-round...all of you I've 'met' recently are so lovely, with so much to impart.
I can't see how you/anyone manages to work full time and make ytime for your crafting and promoting. Hats off to you. It's enjoyable, but hard work. You're so right to have that time away from it. Works wonders to energise yourself and your creativity!

Ruth said...

Finding that balance is not easy at all - and then keeping it! Agh! I totally agree with you.