The economy has had an impact on most every one (except perhaps for those ubber rich folks that are only worrying about maybe having to pay their fair share of taxes with the rest of the folks!)
One of the things that I'm struggling with just now is the impact a really down economy has on the one place I have been able to make a little money.
Let me explain.
This is the time of year that we apply to shows.
Today, I was online trying to find the application for a show that we have done in the past that was pretty reasonable to do and had a educated clientele (ie they know that artists can't work for a nickle an hour) that liked my pieces.
Not only is there no application for the show, their entire website is gone --- folded their tent in the night and just disappeared
This is the second show this year that we had done before and planned to do this year that no longer exists
We had applied to a show in Iowa, but this week received the "thanks, but no thanks" letter
The inability to find shows to take my jewelry to is really frustrating. I enjoy making the pieces, playing with the beads, working with the stones. But without a market for them it becomes more difficult to get excited about starting new stuff.
As I said, it's the "why bother" issue