So I finally started selling little t-shirts! It's been a long time coming, and I already can't wait for the next 'line,' if we're going to call it that. We're also working on some jewelry and other goods. The goal is to have a dry goods store that supports artisans and contributes to a charity.
I know it doesn't look like much, but It's been an emotional process. I'm really happy and proud of myself for actually doing it! l haven't sold a million, but enough to make me feel special and happy/surprised that people want to buy my art.
There is a LOT of competition. But that's the game--It doesn't have to be a bad thing. I want to stand out, so I'll take measures to be authentic and serve a market. I think I need to try a little harder to be cool.....but for now, we just want to make awesome things. I feel ALIVE when I'm up at night sketching and creating. It's the one thing that wards off depression for me. Besides cookies.
One of our goals with this project is to convince our kids that being an artist is a job, just like any other job. I have a full time job. Ben, Courtney, Michael and most of my peers have full-time jobs. We all work our tits off to make things work. We're working at night and taking care of a baby at the same time. But we believe in art, and think that eventually economies will come to accept hand-made as the superior product.
SO, cheers to YOUR art, and to you for supporting us as we get a little crazy. We love you, and we want you and your families to believe in yourselves.