Sunday, 3 April 2011

Do I make stuff on commission?

I am asked now and then if I make things on commission, or if I sell the things I make.

The answer is yes, and yes.
The answer is also no, and no.

I will make things on commission; but only if the project is interesting to me, and if I feel the reward is satisfying. Reward = Any material or financial gain, appreciation and ego bolstering feedback, to spreading the word that I will make for sale and thus bringing me future customers. The better I know you, the less "physical" value feels important to me. If I do sell things I tend to want money that at least is better paid than asian berry pickers, however. This surprises a lot of people and makes them decide they will buy something cheaper mass produced. I am fine with that, I am not fine with their apparent belief that I am overcharging. Haggling is OK, completely underpricing is not. Would you work for less than USD2 per hour?

That said: I am more than happy to custom make things, using all the crafting techniques I know. So don't be afraid to get in touch if you have cravings for something you think I can make. :-) 

I don't bite, I am fairly easily bribed, and I have problems resisting a challenge. I also like the idea of working together to find out what is wanted and then trying to reproduce that vision. 

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