- Liana Kabel
- Brisbane, Australia
- My studio is located in Brisbane, Australia. For the past 10 years I’ve been enjoying creating jewellery designs from an array of mundane materials. Tupperware and knitting needles have remained a firm favourite. My designs have been published numerous times, graced the shelves of many wonderful galleries and stores and been worn by those whose aren’t afraid of colour and attention. All of which I am very grateful for. For several years I’ve also been fortunate enough to work with many businesses as a coach and workshop facilitator.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Click on the title to view the actual title of this post. There are a few friends I'd like to send this to. Maybe I'd send one to myself as well. Sometimes things are just that simple.
Anyway this post is really about writing a response to my friend Margaux Lange's recent craft show experience. I wanted to say more to her than I could say in a blog comment. I also thought her experiences are not unique and it was in the public interest to discuss this further.
Read her post first, if you haven't already done so.
- Your work is better than that. A high-end craft show would probably work better for you. You don't need to be all things to all people, and not everyone will understand/appreciate your work. You can't please everyone, so why try.
- Do try to educate your public. They need it. Maybe a flier with info about your process, education and experience would help. You are doing a great job with this already through your website & blog.
- There is a real art to selling. Not everyone is good at it, and like most skills it takes time and practice to develop.
- You probably achieved more than you realised. Not all success is immediately obvious. I always thought people need to see you three times before they'll buy. This isn't a hard and fast rule but I believe it is often true.
- Be prepared for failure. It's going to happen again and again. Remember all your successes too, you already have heaps and you will have heaps more, because you are fabulous. Failure does not cancel out success.
- Embrace failure if you can. Nobody wants it, but you do tend to learn a lot more that way. Personally It's rare that I feel something wasn't worth trying, regardless of the result. Although don't keep doing the same thing that didn't work several times before expecting things to turn out differently this time - unlikely!
- Sometimes you DO need to just suck it up. But DO have a really good whinge first.