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You can find all of these fine silver origami items in the FoldIT Creations Etsy Shop
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!
The Toronto Etsy Street Team Springtime Market is just a little over a week away and I am working like a mad man! I have my display idea solidified and most of my cases, display fixtures and frames purchased. It’s a matter of figuring out the dimensions of the space and how I will lay everything out. The theme of my booth will be Mid-Century Oriental Curiosity Shop. I envision a traveller returning from Asia with wonderful curiosities to exhibit. I cant wait! If you are in the Greater Toronto Area on Saturday June 1st, 2013, come out to 918 Bathrust (just north of Honest Ed’s) and support the wonderful local artisans of Toronto.
I am really excited to be working on some higher end products with sterling silver and gemstones for the Etsy Show. I am also working on a new line of origami pendants and sterling silver chains. It feels good to be able to offer my customers a range of products that meets their needs and desires. Here are the first two chains and pendants that I made and sold in the FoldIT Creations Etsy Shop last week:
Something that also excited me quite a bit this week is the recognition and support I have been getting from fellow Etzians. I am continually surprised and thankful by the feedback I get from other Etsy sellers and enthusiasts about my creations. Everyone has days where they doubt what they are doing and its moments like these that validate and reinforce the pride with which you work and create. Handmade enthusiast blogger Ellie of My Little Chickadee’s Blog kindly featured my tiny coral crane earrings on her Pick of the Day section this week. Pay her blog a visit and follow her across all social media platforms, she has a lot of great things going on.
I am excited to announce that FoldIT Creations has been selected as one of the vendors for the 4th Annual Toronto Etsy Street Team Springtime Marketplace. The market will be held at 918 Bathurst Street (a few blocks north of Bathurst subway station) on Saturday, June 1st from 11:00am – 5:30pm. Join their facebook event page and come out to support your hardworking Toronto Etzians and make sure you stop by the FoldIT Creations table to say “hello!”
FoldIT Creations will have a whole new selection of sterling silver origami crane post earrings to sell. Here are a few previews:
Brrrrr! Today was absolutely freezing here in Toronto! I braved the cold, wrapped in layers and my favorite hand-knitted puffin mittens from Newfoundland, I cycled down to Queen West in search of more papers. It has become an weekly occurrence now, Thursday paper runs. I get in the terrible of habit of buying new chiyogami paper with some motif that I absolutely love, working with it until I am sick of it, then heading back to The Paper Place the following week for a new fix wether I need paper or not. I guess you could say I am a bit of a paper junkie. Chiyogami is my like my artistic crack. Thank God they have a massive selection to keep me pacified. ^_^
Visit the Paper Place Toronto at: http://www.thepaperplace.ca/