Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR, KNITTING...I THINK NOT!

~ Borrowing from a facebook post I made today, spurred on by a ridiculous and erroneously reported story this past week (TV news and in print) of an Etsy "KNITTER" who makes just under a million dollars a year ($80,000 a month - KNITTING, if you are to believe the headline).  Most of us who create, knew this was going to turn out to be more fiction than fact, but the reports did serve as a huge discouragement to others.  What they neglected to point out, right up front, was that this woman has a small army of people working for her and (MOST IMPORTANTLY), she is importing items, and NOT knitting them herself.  I am not going to give any further exposure to her OR the reports by posting links - they are plentiful on the net ~ 
I knit.  I sew.  I make jewelry.  Among other things.  I will NEVER make a million dollars a year doing what I do - that which makes my heart and hands happy - that which I love.  (I also do a lot of it to keep myself awake at night, enjoying family instead of sleeping on the couch!)

I give away almost ALL of my pieces these days, to family and dear friends.  I also give away my "trade secrets", freely and happily, to anyone who has taken the time and/or worked up the courage to ask me for them!  I will NEVER make a million dollars at that rate.
I create with my OWN hands.  Just me.  By myself.  I will NEVER make a million dollars at that rate.  I don't buy from overseas sweatshops.  I don't embellish with pieces of lace, and then lay claim to something as my own.  I QUIT selling because I can't compete with those who DO operate this way.  Quitting selling does NOT mean I have quit creating - I will always do it, because it's in my heart - it's a piece of who I am, and anyone who knows me knows this to be true. 

No sour grapes, truly.  But, if you're going to import and lay claim to things as your own designs and handwork then, by golly, OWN THAT SHIT!  Be proud enough of yourself and exactly how you are achieving the success to put it in the headline, right next to where you tell people you're a "KNITTER".
No, I will NEVER make a million dollars with my crafting, nor do I ever expect to.  But, I'm happy doing what I do, and wouldn't have it any other way.  I can sleep at night knowing that I haven't lied about what I do, serving to discourage others who may be trying to make a few bucks, by twisting or omitting the truth and making someone else feel they are failing miserably at the game.
CARRY ON, MY ARTISAN FRIENDS - follow your heart!  STRIVE TO BE ORIGINAL (and by that I don't mean not using patterns if you want, etc., but make it your "own" - put yourself into it!), AND ABOVE ALL, BE HONEST!  We may be quintessential starving artists, but we come by that title honestly, and by our OWN hands.  BE PROUD OF THAT!

7 comments:

Laurie said...

Amen, Sista!

oldgreymareprimitives said...

Just what i was going to say..AMEN!

Maywyn Studio said...

Amen ditto!

I read a few years ago on Esty.com forums complaints of resellers. I think maybe Esty is so large now, they might not have the resources to weed out the fake handmade stuff like they use to.
I also think its sad to see a genuine handmade item copied and imported.

Mary Ann Potter said...

A crazy story like that sounds suspiciously like one of those urban legends; they usually contain a tiny bit of truth but then are just stupid lies. I remember one of our local newscasters reporting on a stupid e mail "forward" --- BIG COMPUTER VIRUS! NOTIFY ALL YOUR FRIENDS! WATCH OUT!!! Well, you know how those stories are. He took it as truth. Oh, brother.

Amen and amen to your post today, Tanya. Here's to homemade, handmade, and heartfelt!

Anonymous said...

Great blog , from the person who gets all the most beautiful gifts that are all hand made. Any one can buy and sell things that are not hand made, but how sad that people are not smart enough to know the difference. Love you more Mom.

Dorthe said...

Dear Tanya, so great that you have told the truth about this story, I guess there are many more of them, from Etsy, and other places . It is sooo good that someone is speaking LOUD !
Your art is so beautiful and you spend so many hours creating them, that they will never make you rich, in other than happy hours doing them.
Hugs to you,
Dorthe

Createology said...

Exactly well written and shared my dear Tanya. I, too, am so like you and will never make a million dollars...nor even enough to buy food but I am happy to be creative and share with family and friends. That is why we enjoy what we do...we are genuine and honest and true. Thank you for speaking for many of us my friend. Creative Bliss and Blessings...