Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Frustrations of a Shop Owner

I had a shop announcement, which is a few lines of newsworthy news that can be found under the decorative "header" in most Etsy shops, saying I had my fingers crossed for new "Yardwork exclusive" indigo prints for Spring 2015. Well, the fingers are uncrossed now because it's not happening. Several months ago, I double-checked with my source in India - the one I worked so hard to find because I wanted a group that was clearly working with community, environment and hand-crafters in mind - to be sure they would be willing and able to print 4-6 new prints for me by April or May. They gave me the go-ahead, and so I proceeded to put the time into creating some new designs. They were not complicated designs, as I feel that is best when using the dabu (batik-like) process AND working from the other side of the planet! Even so, sometimes the most simple design can take the most time since the simple shapes and/or spacing has to "say it all". Anyway, with fingers crossed and breath held, I emailed the finished designs to India. To make a long story of exchanged emails short, I have now been told they are too busy to produce my designs. I am basically too small of a "fish". I can't tell you how disappointed I am. The whole direction I have been pointing my shop in for the past few years has crumbled. Bubbles burst, parade rained out, hopes vanishing in a puff of smoke. Perhaps this was an unrealistic dream: to try to make reliable connections from this far away and with a small budget.

I am sure all is not lost. I am actually working on a commercial design portfolio and those designs might find a place in there. But, for these reasons, I hope my readers won't mind if I take a more official hiatus (more official than the one I've already been taking!) as I regroup with my thoughts, redirect my energies, and plan new goals.


  1. Oh no! I can't even imagine how disappointing and frustrating this must be! I hope there's a silver lining to this cloud, and that you can find some way to salvage all the work you put in.

    1. Thanks Jesse! So great to hear from you!

  2. Dear Susan, I am so sorry to hear your sad and frustrating news re India. Sometimes one door closes and another opens. Please do not give up, there is a reason to everything even if is heart breaking, but hopefully after reflection there is a (bright) light at the end of the tunnel. Thinking of you. With ever best wish, from Lindsay, Switzerland

  3. Lindsay, thank you for your very kind words. One good side benefit that I can already see is, as I develop my more extensive print portfolio, I am coming up with all sorts of new motifs that can be made into new stamp sets. Something that is long overdue!