When you are a solopreneur you have to wear many hats and be a master of many skills! Never has that been more applicable than the last week, which has seen me bouncing all over the studio from one task to the next.
From sorting seaglass and designing and ordering special components for new collections, hand making online shop orders, photographing a mini collection for my special tribe of email subscribers to attending the Manly Market where I often have a stall.
Probably the most exciting part of my week was being photographed and interviewed by Jennifer Taylor of Vivid Photography for a book she is curating about Artisans and their craft processes.
I found the interview process very enlightening as it encouraged me to track my journey and tell my story from the beginning. I never have time to reflect on my creative path so far and this made me sit down and spend a few hours really thinking about it. It also reinforced how far I have come in my Business and creative venture since the early days, when I was just starting out.
Each piece of my jewellery that appears online or in my shop, along with the making process, has to be photographed and as much as I would love a full time photographer on staff, alas I have to fill that roll! Each day I take, edit, and upload many images for many platforms - what did I ever do before the invention of the smart phone?!
But the most favourite thing of all is spending time sorting through my piles of seaglass that I have collected from Seaham Beach, the South of France, Spain and Anglesey in Wales. I can spend hours literally drooling over my precious sea gems, searching for the perfect nuggets to include in my collections.