There has been a lot of uproar in the handmade community as of recent about certain companies posing as handmade artists. These include resellers, distributors and the like. They basically claim to handmake their items when in fact some are bought fully assembled and sold while others are akin to sweatshops selling their wares for cheap. While technically these are handmade in some cases by someone this does not constitute handmade. So sometimes the question arises "how do I know this is really handmade?". Well I certainly cannot speak for all artists but today I will give you a peek into my world. While I would love to show you a spotless well organized workshop that is the ugly truth behind handmade. In my world it doesn't exist. It starts out that way but then as soon as creating begins it's like a bomb went off. I carefully clean everything up once I'm done only for it to happen all over again. OK maybe I don't clean everything up every time. Hey I'm not perfect and frequently I'm too tired and sore to do so. The strange thing is I think it is something about an artists mind that their workspace will look like a mine field yet they cannot stop until a piece is perfect. I've been known to do a piece over and over again until it's just right. And sometimes people will think "how do you work like that?" The answer is I don't know because the disorganization drives me INSANE!
Here is my shipping scale and there are a bunch of packing supplies and more work supply under the cabinets.
Some sea glass complete with dirt and sand.
Where the magic happens covered in tools, wire, findings, and such. Note the extra large bottle of tylenol I have to take daily for pain.
And yet more supplies!
I would like to say that's the end of it but yet there is still more, but that's the jist of it. So many artists minds are cluttered with ideas which also seems to clutter their work space. In the end I achieve professional results with professional packaging and a smile. I just need someone to clean up this mess I leave behind!