I first saw the Handmade Marketplace at TN’s place, my friend and fellow crafter. This friend of mine designs and makes beautiful barrettes for little girls and she and I did a pop up store together back in Dec. I always liked discussing projects with her and having someone to talk shop with is something I really miss here. So I decided to look for the book. Now, I have to confess that I’m not much into “How To” books, half the time, having the words How To puts me off.
But I was pleasantly surprised by this book. There’s nothing preachy or pedagogical about the Handmade Marketplace. Instead it reads very much like a friend sharing things she’s learned from her experiences. The tone is always informative but warm and best of all it is always interesting. It also has a very practical and realistic outlook towards the idea of growing one’s craft business. Hint: there’s a lot of work involved. I think the most important thing I took away from this book is the idea that crafters belong to a community and that its important to find and join this community. In a sense the whole Handmade Marketplace is all about being a big community and its this sense that makes it work. Belonging to a community seems like such a self evident thing but in some ways its not such an easy thing for me to put myself out there in front of other people. I love the process of creation and I love sharing what I do to others. But putting myself out there and being active in a community is not at all an easy thing for me. What’s up with that? No idea. Or rather, it would take too long to go into and is not really the point of this post. The thing is, it is nice to find a group to belong to, where one can learn and ask questions and maybe in turn help out someone else.
Eh voila, friends, my newly found resolve–to join more, to share more and to belong openly to a community.