I have often times struggled as an artist with finding meaning in the work I do. I remember in Art school having mini breakdowns because I felt the act of creating was something quite ego driven and selfish. I spent countless hours creating drawings and paintings that were autobiographical in nature and intended only for myself. The altruistic side of me wanted to run away again to some foreign place and make a life strictly from volunteerism and at the service of others. But how would I afford this? How would I survive on good intentions? An important lesson I learned when I was in Ghana is that although you can’t always change the world, you can influence, inspire and touch peoples lives on a daily basis in very small ways.
Recently I re-learned this lesson; A close friend of mine who is a silversmith told me when I first started FoldIT Creations that the life of an artist is truly “feast or famine.” We have weeks when we don’t seem to have time in the day to get on top of our orders and then there are times when it seems like weeks go by and we make no sales. I discovered the latter more recently. After a lull in sales this past week I was questioning my reason for starting this business. Is it really worth the 6+ hours I put into it everyday after I finish and 8 hour shift at my other jobs? Do I want my motivation to work to be dictated only by making money? Does what I do matter?
In the midst of this low point I got an email from a customer who purchased a necklace from me a while back for their daughters 16th birthday:
I immediately clicked the link to the website and spent the next 30 minutes getting to know about Alex and her struggle. I was in tears watching her videos and imagining what she had to go through. It was truly inspiring to see this amazing young girl pull through something life threatening, make a recovery and then go on to give speeches to educate and motivate others. I was very humbled by her experience and the last words in Alex’s story have become my inspiration and mantra:
Sometimes people have things going on in their lives. Sometimes people feel pain, suffering, and sorrow. And sometimes people just want to give up. But even if you are getting worse you can never give up.
I felt all of those feelings. Sometimes I felt like just giving up myself, but if I gave up I never would have become what I am today and I never would have succeeded. I learned that you can never give up. I learned that working hard pays off. And, I learned that you have to laugh a little.
Please visit her website and check out her story. Be inspired!
During the month of November 10% of your purchase from any of the FoldIT Creations shops will support world class men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. These programs, directed by the Movember Foundation, are focused on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond mental illness and research to achieve a shared vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.
So recently I have been interested in getting into more silver work. After a little research I discovered PMC, or precious metal clay. A clay based silver material bound to an organic moldable compound that when fired burns off leaving one with solid 99.9% fine silver product. Luckily it comes in thin sheets that can be folded like origami and adorned with gem stones and texturized or stamped.
I went on a little shopping spree online and bought a bunch of PMC, gemstones, tools and an electric kiln, the easy bake oven of jewelry artists. Now I have to sit and wait for it all to arrive from various parts of the world. I’m so excited I thought I would share some pics of my shopping hoard, as well as a few photos of other PMC jewelry.
I have never seen any jewelry before that is as much of a work of art as these Origami Crane Earrings by Fold IT Creations on Etsy. I have gotten an insane amount of compliments on these as they are unlike anything out there. I mean, let’s be real, I can barely make a paper airplane much less make an origami crane AND make it into earrings. Gavin from Fold it Creations also makes origami jewelry in the form of dragonflies, leafs, etc. How cute is the packaging?
Hey All. So I decided to open a secondary FoldIT shop via Shopify.com. I had been hearing a lot of people talking about it recently and then a few days back Venture One sent me an invite to try it so I took this as a synchronicity. The universe was sending me a message to open an independent shop from the etsy shop. This doesn’t mean I will be closing my etsy shop, but rather I am expanding. I’ve had a lot of people say they were interested in buying things but really didn’t want to make an etsy account. The new shop allows people to shop as guests. No signup necessary.
Here are a few screen grabs of the new FoldIT Creations shop at folditcreations.com. I still haven’t decided on a background motif yet. Any suggestions?
After a summer hiatus working as an ESL instructor at an International summer camp here in Ontario, I’m back at it-folding and working on new jewelry for the upcoming Christmas season. If you are in the Toronto area, mark your calendars for the December 14th Toronto Etsy Street Team Christmas Marketplace being held at the Church of St.Stephen-in-the-Fields in Kensington Market from 11:00AM – 5:30PM. Come out and get some original hand-made christmas gifts from local artisans.
Here are some pics of some new things I have made and are up in the FoldIT Creations Etsy shop. Enjoy!
Garnet, Jade and Pink Tourmaline Origami Crane Earrings
Graduated Mexican Fire Opal Origami Crane Earrings
Literary up-cycled book Origami Crane Earrings with Swarovski Crystals
Stormy Blue Sakura Origami Crane Earrings with Labradorite
Stormy Blue Origami Crane with Silver Chain Drop Earrings
Pink Origami Crane Drop earrings with Aquamarine
Graduated Fire Opal and Silver Origami Crane Earrings
Tiny Pink Origami Dragonfly Earrings with Green Swarovski
Brazilian Marbled Paper Origami Crane Earrings with Swarovski Crystals
Pink and Mint Origami Crane Earrings with Faceted Quartz Beads