Among my friends are a lot of people who, looking at us, our workshop, constant trips, communication with people, and what to hide, income, also want to do craft, needlework, shorter than fashionable word handmade.
One wants to do carpentry, do cool furniture, even expensive machines can be bodied. The other looks towards jewelry and something from the wire is trying to do. The third he took a fashionable epoxy resin now, scored a canister, pigments, constantly spread something, pours.
But how much I do not persuade them to go to the fair with my goods, show works to people, none wants to «disgust.» Everyone want to pump skills, and then simply «break the Handmade market» with its unreal coolness. In the past 3 years, not a single breakthrough happened …
And today I will tell about a person who from the very beginning did not want to engage in the craft … I had to.
Now everyone will learn.
Marina professional seamstress. Golden hands, such things make out of the fabric that you stop. The truth is one but. In our semi-million industrial city for a million salary, even the super-seamstress cannot count. Therefore, it is necessary or sitting in the studio and bargain on uncle, or to open your business.
Marina chose the second. She decided to sew baby things, hats, dresses, sneads, scarves and sell their work at fairs. For this I had to ride throughout the region and neighboring regions. Next to his wife is always half — the husband is Sergey, who works on the voltage electrician. His holy duty was taken away.
But what to do a man all day when the wife is traded? Sitting in sunglasses as a famous artist of Indian cinema and lazily look at passersby?
Once sat. Two sat down. For the third time, psychulin and decided to make something with my own hands.
What can the electrician make for sale at the fair?
Syncrophasotron, Hadron collider in mining?
Once the wife sews things for children, the husband decided to make the manufacture of children’s toys from a tree. But not some frightened, with beautiful paint, and in a very simple rustic style. And instead of the sewing workshop, a real family workshop appeared in our city.
Marina and Sergey formed quite a successful creative tandem: the wife of Croit and sews, the husband plashes and drinks. While mommies choose their miracle with a hat or scarf, a child’s hand stretches for a good wooden toy, which is so strikingly different from plastic phones and tablets.
Yes, the first works did not shine with special grace and beauty, but there was some kind of natural, natural kindness, naturalness. Children and even some adults feel good such things — their hands will be drawn behind such toys.
The first toys were made in Spartan conditions, with a minimum of tools, from affordable material — old boards, plywood, furniture shields. Over time, the skill has grown, new machines were bought, additional tools, toys are made from well dried wood, are processed by oil and pyrograph.
Now the master has a circle of regular buyers, which despite the limitations and unfavorable conditions for trade, order work via the Internet. Toys leave not only in other regions, but also abroad.
Of course, they do not compare them with shopping toys, splashing covered with varnish and expensive «decorats». But maybe it is not necessary to compare? When the toy has a soul, it is much more important than the bright lacquer and shouting inscription «Made in China».
For me, it is important that. Sergey did not sit in one place, covered with the fact that so it has a good salary at the plant, it did not work to buy by expensive machines and wait for the explosive growth of his skill to «break the market».
He just started.
Made the first step, followed by the rest.
Maybe this is exactly the main thing?