There's an interesting conversation that has been started over at TheCreativeLife.net. A few months ago, Kim Werker and Betsy Greer started talking about whether or not it is possible in today's economy to make a living by creating things or by freelancing or whatever. Although they're not talking specifically about making quilts, I think the conversation is relevant for lots of us for various reasons.
I've been mulling around similar thoughts for the past year since I quit my 9-to-5 for Quiltivate and the newly-launched Quilt Builder. I'm even one step removed, I think, from the creative world: I am not actually trying to sell the things I make to support my family, but I am trying to help equip those who do make quilts either for fun or for income with the Quilt Builder.
Last February I posted that I thought the economic slowdown was actually causing an increased interest on the homemade and DIY desires of lots of people. And I still believe this is true! But, in this economy, is the handmade "movement" enough to support the makers? And what about the services and suppliers who are supporting the makers? I hope so, but I guess that remains to be seen. What do you think? Are you struggling with your work as a creator, or are things going great? I'm curious for your insights on this topic. How are things going for you? Thanks for opening up this can of worms, Betsy and Kim! P.S. - You can also follow these great gals on Twitter: Betsy is @craftivista, Kim is @kpwerker and I am @quiltivate, while you're at it. Do you Tweet? What's your @?