I’m a bit dead in the water at the moment, nothing brilliant emerging upstairs, no flow happening if I try to do stuff anyway. Finally got my spray paint a while ago to finish those frames, but had lost all steam in the meantime when it came to showing the result.
This morning it occurred to me that perhaps this is a unique opportunity to dig into all those project ideas (well one or two of them) that I just make a note of but never begin because time.
For instance I have lots of ideas for little items I could sell and finally make a contribution to the household, but my production time is so slow that no matter what, the hourly rate wouldn’t be worthwhile and eventually over the years I see others having success with similar ideas and then I can’t be bothered at all. I wonder why everything takes me so long? The only part of me that is able to run full out is apparently my brain.
Maybe I simply have to come to terms with being an experimenter, not an artist. Which I guess I don’t mind so much on a personal level, but, well, it’s not really much of a job unless you have a hands-free corkscrew or self-loading dishwasher to show at the end of the day!
I know that picking just one idea and working it to the bone, full time, would of course speed me up. But I’m pretty good at making estimates and it still doesn’t look like I’d be able to feed and clothe myself unless I learn how to forego sleep. It’s not a new theory, to survive on making items for sale 1:1 requires either a very very high price per unit or many many production hours (usually both). And believe it or not, I love efficiency, and the math doesn’t appeal to me. So how do I learn to speed up my production time?! And why am I so slow compared to everybody else? Where exactly am I lagging? It’s a bit of a mystery to be honest. No, I like the other option much better: Charge either $$$$$$ for my sh*t or make something once that will sell again and again and again.
Anyway, I’m still here, although blogging seems to have lost momentum as well. I have projects to show and tell. They just aren’t, you know, finished…