I re-discovered some of the reasons I don’t tend to make things for people, yesterday. I had been asked to make a Clipboard for someone’s husband, as a Christmas present from them. Hoorah. £30 (just under $50) for the honour of the work and hassle of producing something to a deadline.
Encapsulated in that sentence (pun intended) are a couple of my reasons.
1. Pressure. I don’t produce my best when I’m under someone else’s pressure. Strangely under my own, self induced pressure, like achieving something impossible and or making something for Sue’s birthday, I am fine.
2. People want the Moon on a stick and only want to pay for the stick. The common old gripe about craftsmanship being undervalued.
I’ve made things for friends and fellow LJ’s. I’ve made and given away things. I’ve put myself through what other people think is torture to make some or other box I’ve dreamt up (usually literally). None of this is in any way a problem. Doing this sort of work I accept failure as a learning experience. I feel stronger for it. Yet I make one small little f* up on a paid for job and I fall to pieces. There, a third reason I don’t do it.
It seems so simple to accept these jobs. Perhaps they should come as a recorded message ala Mission Impossible. I think I could watch the message self destruct and simply walk away from it without a care then!
Be seeing you.
-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com