Last year I almost had my products in one of my favorite little shops in Seattle.
Unfortunately, after meeting with their buyers they were disappointed with my stuff. They said they wished that Herman earrings were perfect circles. They also thought that the price point was too high for silver. When asked why I wasn’t wearing the best version of my stuff, I answered with because they’re the ones I sell. They thought that was a ridiculous notion.
I walked out of there a little bit discouraged and heartbroken but in truth, I’m glad it didn’t work out. I want my customers to embrace the imperfections of my pieces. My dream customers would be ones that would treasure my pieces, and would appreciate the story and craft behind them.
As a designer/maker, my favorite pieces are the ones that are slightly wonkier than usual, because they usually have a story behind their imperfections. The Herman earrings I wear is not a perfect circle because it was the first one I ever made, and I did not have safety tape when grinding out the curve. Have you tried holding on to metal while its being grounded into shape? It gets HOTTT. They’re all hand cut because I use a thick gauge of silver that cannot be cut by a disc cutter. I would’ve needed an industrial machine to cut it into a perfect circle if I wanted that.
It isn’t that I’m opposed to that process, but I think there’s something about owning a product that was carefully designed and made by someone whose perfecting their craft. It seems more meaningful and cherished, and a little anti-consumerism.
I really hope my stuff doesn’t look robotic and soul-less.
Originally published at stuffbyana.com.