Do you make stuff? Are you an artist? A crafter?
Have you ever spent 40 hours on a project, only to be offered 20 dollars for all of your hard work?*-See note
I think it's because most buyers don't understand how long it takes to make stuff. I think it's because buyers think what we do is "fun", so somehow, we haven't earned a fair hourly wage.
The truth is, this stuff takes forever. Hours and hours and hours. I have pieces that I've spent well over 100 hours on. And as far as fun goes? In my experience, only about 10% of it is actually fun. The rest is tedious and demanding and I do it because I'm a crazy person that freaks the fuck out if I'm not working.* -See Note
So I've started a new blog called This Is Hand Made. All it is is 5 minute videos of people working on projects. No tutorials, no guides, no talking to the camera, no explaining, just 5 really really boring minutes of what it looks like to actually make something. I only have three up so far, but I want more!
If you make stuff, I want to see it. Especially the boring parts that you have to thole through to complete the project. I don't care if you're a knitter, a cobbler, a mosaic maker, whatever.
Did it take you 2 minutes to thread that needle/bobbin? Perfect. Did it take you 2 hours to scour that fleece? Yes. Did it take you an hour to warp that loom? THIS SPEAKS TO MY INTERESTS.
Send me links to you doing what you do at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let's change the market by boring people into submission, because if they can't watch a five minute video of us working, they don't get to bitch about pricing.
Again- NO tutorials, guides, explaining, just you working. And if you're worried about looking silly or dumb or weird, don't. Nobody's going to sit though these anyway, that's the point.
Special thanks to Shae who kick-started this project by picking up my slack and making the first video!
*I'm assuming your work is good, but buyers are still trying to sweatshop you.