Is it too late to wish you a Happy New Year? Today is a New Moon - a psychological time for setting intentions, creating new beginnings, and planting seeds* .
This is my first piece of writing for the website this year, and in the last three months I’ve made a fair few changes; this process of clearing and refreshing feels wonderful.
I have wound down the Antique & Vintage side of my work. Whilst I do miss the thrill of the hunt, halfway though last year I realised that the perpetual search for rarer and rarer pieces at higher and higher prices was no longer bringing me joy. I had lost sight of why I went into jewellery in the first place; to create. Perhaps for many artists the cyclic pattern of idea, gestation, labour and culmination fulfils some deep human instinct. Or perhaps I’m just weird.
In early January I closed my Etsy shop. After four and a half years and almost 1000 sales via that platform alone, it was with mixed feelings but I know it was the right decision. A dilution of the Etsy marketplace by imported goods which are clearly not handmade, a strange hierarchy of promoted listings, less transparent search criteria and drastic increases in fees meant that the situation became untenable for me. As part of the shop closure process, Etsy asked for feedback, so I politely shared my reasons for leaving and requested a response. I but never received one. Perhaps this is Indicative of what so many online selling platforms have become.
For the foreseeable future, I now sell exclusively on my website. So far, it seems to have been absolutely the right decision.
I now focus just on custom and bespoke work, my own handmade work, hosting workshops and teaching. I plan to expand my involvement in all of these through 2019 and beyond!
Already this year I’ve seen a jump in custom orders. I have ten on the go at the moment.
Already this year I’ve seen a huge surge in workshop bookings. To date (March 6th), I’ve had thirteen confirmed bookings which cover Make Your Own Wedding Rings and One-Day Beginners’ Workshops.
Being self-employed, I spend a lot of time brooding on the future, and what may (or may not) happen. Will people get bored of what I’m doing? Will the interest drop off? Will trends change? It can be very unpredictable, worrying, and frightening even. But I have a good feeling about 2019, and where it will take me and my micro-business.
The 6th April will mark Hannah Peters Jewellery’s six year anniversary! I want to express my deep and sincere thanks to every single person who has ever supported me - in any way - since I began this mad little enterprise. It’s been a ~journey~ but with your engagement and support there’s no reason why it shouldn’t continue. Thank you.