Friday, March 1, 2013

Why Do I Craft?

I ask myself this question constantly, and for many reasons. The answers are varied too, and I'm sure this is the case for many other artists.

Sometimes I wonder why I put so much work into something I don't actually have to do.

I have to feed and care for my son. I have to go to work. I have to put one foot in front of the other every day. But nothing and nobody forces me to do the extra work of running Etsy shops. (Or writing novels, for that matter, but that's an entirely different post.)

Sometimes I wonder what sparks the ideas that float into my mind and latch on with such force that I'm compelled to bring the image to life.

I could be more discerning and only create the very special necklaces, pendants, rings and earrings that I personally want to own and wear. But instead, the urge to create prolifically is so strong I prefer to send them out into the world to make room for the next creation.

Most of all, I wonder where this is all going. I'm not really trying to replace my day job, although many other crafters and writers intend to do exactly that.

I don't know how long I'll make jewellery. I don't know if I'll always be a writer. But I hope both parts of who I am last for many more years. And I hope that when I no longer enjoy these pursuits, I will give myself permission to let them go.