OMG, I hate when people say this. I always took it as an excuse for failure, and failure is not an option, but sometimes you have to fail to succeed
What a perfect segway into my story 🙂 as most of you know I sell my handmade crafts at different events. My friends and family are proud and impressed that I’m chasing my dreams, but to me, it seems like a no brainer. I want to be a successful artist, and I have to start somewhere.
I sold a ruffle lamp at the Treasure Island Flea market a few months ago. The customer loved it so much she had her assistant contact me with an invitation to her office where she ordered an oversized origami lamp.
I was more than excited to get the custom order and quickly got to work. Of course, I ran into a few issues, but nothing I that I couldn’t handle. At least that’s what I thought. When the 38-inch lamp was complete and ready to be delivered, I picked it up, and the entire thing ripped apart, it was just too darn heavy. I burst into tears but already had a solution to this problem. I proceeded to make another origami lamp with a vinyl base, which was more durable.
I finished the lamp about a week ago and hung it with pride in my house until it was time to deliver. On the delivery day, which was yesterday, I noticed the lamp was starting to collapse and sink in. I did everything in my power to fix it but was unsuccessful. I arrived at the office and had to explain to my new awesome customer that the lamp wasn’t up to my standards and refused to sell it to her. Instead of getting mad at me, thanking me for my time and moving forward with another artist she ordered another style lamp, gave me a huge hug and said:
“Oh don’t you worry, this is a learning experience.”
Part of me wanted to cry. The other half wanted to storm out and never come back out of sheer embarrassment, but the main part of me was grateful that she was so understanding. I’m a new artist, and these things are going to happen. Things aren’t always going to be perfect, and as creative, as I am sometimes my creativity isn’t going to translate.
To top it off, this beautiful lady ordered two more lamps from me. She loves my work and is looking forward to supporting me no matter what.
Yesterday was a learning experience. I guess this is the life of an artist.