I was lounging around reading this morning, not wanting to get ready for work, and I came across an interesting quote from Karl Lagerfeld: "You make collections for people to wear. Fashion is for people to wear... I am not an artist. I am a dressmaker."
Now, I'm no scholar of fashion, so I don't know if Uncle Karl has always been so practical, but I was a little surprised to read that. It actually woke me right up, and I started thinking about how I feel when it comes to my jewelry venture.
Am I an artist? The short answer is, no.
The long answer is that I've always looked at Little White Chapel as a business. Yes, part of the reason I got started was because I wanted another creative outlet, but it was mainly about the money. I was broke and working a dead-end job, so I decided to take my future into my own hands.
The word "artist" actually makes me uncomfortable. To me, an artist makes something new, and I'm not exactly reinventing the wheel with this stuff (as you can see). I have literally never wondered if I'm fully expressing myself. Or thought about my artist's statement. I love my jewelry, I think it's beautiful, and I would wear every single item I sell--but the only thing I ask myself is, "What can I do next to make more money?"
I was going to say that I call myself a jewelry-maker, but even that doesn't cover the full scope of what I do. I'm a business owner. Yes, I have fun making pretty things, but I also have to keep up with SEO, branding, marketing, advertising, and bookkeeping (which I'm amazingly terrible at). Little White Chapel is eclipsing my day job as my main source of income, so I actually feel like I would be doing myself a disservice so say that I'm an artist. It wouldn't be enough.
What about you? Artist? Hobbyist? Fellow business-owner? Why do you feel that way? And do you hope for things to change in the future?