I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the time it takes for a product to be created from its raw state, whatever that may be.
Before I began to make items for sale and had a “real” job, I had no idea the length of time it takes to create the things that we use in everyday life. If I needed something I could just go to the shops and buy whatever I needed, and I could buy it for very little money. And I still can. But I don’t want to. I don’t want to go and buy something that has been mass produced and then sold for less than $20. I imagine many many hands have touched that item, and how can it have been produced for so little and a profit still be made? It doesnt make sense that it could have been; not without corners being cut, and somebody not receiving adequate payment for their work.
So I try to buy handmade items where I can, or items that have been produced ethically, and I particularly enjoy buying work that has been made locally.
All my work is produced slowly. I buy my supplies in as close to a raw state as I can manage. Everything I sell began it’s life in an undyed, neutral state. It takes time for it to become the finished item that I sell. Sometimes a very long time, depending on what it is.
I kind of like that about it. Everything I make is crafted individually, or very close to individually.
It’s nice to work this way. I get to enjoy whatever I create while I create it. I shape it, and it shapes me.
I’ll slowly be adding the time it takes for an item to be made to my store descriptions. I think it’s nice to know how something was made, and be given the opportunity to be mindful of its humble beginnings.