Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Price of Love

I often think I was not in the queue when they were handing out all things cutesy and girlie because if there is one thing I absolutely loathe to read in a listing for homemade or hand crafted goods is 'Made With Love'... Arrggghhh it does my head in! Now it's not that I am devoid of love, far from it but if you are selling something is it really made with love? Taking care and pride in anything you make to ensure it's as perfect as it can be isn't done because of love, it's done because it wouldn't be worth doing if it wasn't right (although there is probably a whole other blog post on that subject!) Sure, giving something you have made to a friend or a loved one, of course there is going to be love involved but handing it over for cold, hard cash doesn't strike me there is any love gained - after all you can buy just about anything if the price is right and no love changes hands! Is the love passed down through the product to the seller and then on to the recipient? I don't think when I buy a box of chocolates (handmade or not) that there is love involved between me and the seller - that bit comes from when I hand my gift over. To me 'made with love' means it's not going to be perfect because if love is involved it doesn't matter. Others thoughts are most welcome on this - my cold, cold heart needs thawing!


  1. Everything I make is made with love. I wouldn't make a piece if I just 'liked' doing it, and especially wouldn't if it was just for the sake of earning money. There has to be more to it than that. And yes by pouring your emotions and love into a piece I think it shows at the end of the day. It is difficult to part with an item, and more often than not I don't but those items that do go to another home I know are appreciated, cherished and loved by their new owner.

    If you don't 'love' what you do, I personally think there is something wrong....

  2. There are different ways of thinking re making and selling, no two are the same. I don't think there has to be something wrong just because you don't happen to 'love' your work or love the pieces that you create. That's quite a statement to make about those (and I'm sure there are many) who just enjoy making and selling.

    As a teenager I loved everything I produced so much, that I couldn't actually part with anything I made - unless it was a special gift for someone I knew and respected. I'd hardly make a living now if I stuck to that way of thinking. I was so precious, it stopped me earning a living, it stopped me growing as an artist and maker, from paintings to sculptures, my work was desirable back then but I just couldn't let it be sold.

    As I grew older, I stepped back from it. Yes, I love what I do - I love the constructed items, the creation of individual thought out pieces, the experimentation, the ideas, the making, the mistakes.... the thought process that goes into everything I do. I can let go of those one off's now, without feeling like I have lost a part of me. It just means I think differently to how I once did which in return enables me to make a living.