|handmade journal - black feather - blue wood book by TreeTreesBindery|
When I started my Internet Adventure and decided to sell my jewelry online three years ago, I was asked by one of my bead suppliers, "Aren´t you afraid of being copied then"?
Well, the positive fact: if you show your products to everyone, everyone can see them!
.........the negative fact: if you show your products to everyone, everyone can see them!
But this is going to be a post about sharing, not about copying!
I'm really happy and thankful that so many brilliant people in the past decided to share their knowledge, wisdom and experiences with me! Before the Internet revolution, to acquire knowledge you had to read lots of books, visit exhibitions, attend workshops..... I remember when I saw an exhibition of a very famous beader ages ago, I went home and started to experiment trial by error. It took me years to find out things that today you can learn on the internet in a few hours! (I really was blown away by this discovery!)
As an artist you like to show your work. You want people to buy your work. You want to show how your work comes into being, and engage peoples interest. So you start to share things people might want to know about you and your work, about your motivations and your working processes!
But I have to admit there are some secrets I keep. I don´t share my beadwork patterns and special solutions for beadwork problems, which I found out by trying again and again.
|One of my "pattern books" hand drawn and colored.|
I´m sure you all have some secrets about your work you don´t want to share. What do you find you like to share and what do you like to keep to yourself?