By Keith Christiansen
Many black and white and colour images of work. contains heritage and outlines.
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We all have an inflated idea of the value of our work and time. It’s human nature, particularly in the craft and art world. When you work for an employer, he sets the hourly wage and if you don’t believe it’s sufficient recompense for your labor, you simply don’t take the job, you quit, or maybe you go on strike. Now, of course, you can quit the crafts business, or not go into it in the first place, but the strike option is not available to you. More to the point, you are now in the crafts business and have made a big investment.
Henry Ford could not sell his Model T—today! However, we tried to make the loss worthwhile. When a basket wasn’t selling, we made it a practice to ask customers what they didn’t like about it. We solicited their ideas and redesigned accordingly. The idea for a number of our baskets came from someone with a particular need. We had designed a jewelry tray that we thought was very pretty. It didn’t sell. Then one day a customer picked it up and pointed out that slightly enlarged and with two dividers it would make a beautiful utensil tray for outdoor picnics and barbecues.
Jewelry held pride of place, leading the pack by at least four to one. Here’s a breakdown of what comprised the show: Jewelry Glass: vases, paperweights Jewish home blessings Mezuzahs Wooden vessels Wooden furniture Wooden toys Wooden games Chenille garments Pottery plates, kitchenware, teapots, mugs ❯ Handbags ❯ Photos ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ 18 ••• CRAFTS AND CRAFT SHOWS ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ Switch plates Masks Cards Raincoats Puppets (sock puppets) Kids clothing Mobiles Magnets Hand painted T-shirts Mirrors Boxes Fountains Wind chimes (02) crafts 10/20/06 ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ 9:28 AM Page 19 Hats Dolls Scarves Lamps Frameable wall art ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ Notebooks Shadowboxes Dog products Animal portraiture Although jewelry is always a major category, and it is the one that I have specialized in myself, it is not always a surefire seller.
A Caravaggio Rediscovered The Lute Player by Keith Christiansen