I've considered starting my own business for what seems like quite awhile now. I was always so timid to do so, though.
Fast forward to now, and forget about all this timidness business. My wearable art clothing business has begun.
With deadlines for shows I'll be applying for in mind, I've been a workhorse, creating all the inventory 1 person possibly can. Making and making until I can't keep my eyes open. I've been on quite a roll. It actually seems as though I've never been more creatively productive in my entire life. It can be absolutely tiring but that's quite alright because boy is it ever so satisfying and joyous to create so extensively.
I'm walking into all this still terrified at times because I'm learning as I go, but also much more confident than I've ever been. Confident with my creative voice, and walking forth with clear intentions.
The above image is a quick shot of pieces in progress I worked on last night. Some of these faces will be made into stuffed pins, others will be used as appliqués for dresses and shirts. Creating enough inventory for my business means making about a million of these faces everyday, which is what I’ve been doing. It means ceaseless sewing, painting, creating. Thankfully it’s a joy, otherwise it would just be a lot of hard work and nothing more. And joy, as far as I can tell, is the main ingredient in the longevity of any small business. It's actually also considered a pretty damn important ingredient in life, as well. Who knew?