Really, if you think about it, everything we do has a profit motive behind it. Really.
I’ve been taking an economics course of sorts online and it has been sinking into every step I take, in and out of the studio. Take the above for example, for some time now every time i needed to make up some more stock dye solution, I was frustrated with the fact that the color names were only printed on the face of the jars in small type. I was continually sorting through them to find the right one. So FINALLY, as a matter of convenience-or so I thought- I decided to relabel the tops in order to quickly find the correct container. My motivation? To save time and my sanity mainly. But saving time in the studio is saving money as well. Inadvertently, I discovered by not having things clearly labeled, I had ordered dye that I thought I was out of on my last order. More potential to improve profits. Every time I am motivated to action I find myself questioning my “profit” motive. Whether it is a profit of financial gain or otherwise we are all motivated to action based on what we will gain from that action. I am taking this into account more and practicing the noticing of profit/return on my actions and their corresponding motivations.
Meanwhile, in other places fall and even winter (CO-news pics of snowstorms!) are being experienced, here today we will have 100 degree weather most of the week they say- silk drying weather for sure-as soon as the morning marine layer here along the coast burns off.
Yesterday, while playing with shadows and thinking of Wendy, I made something I think one of her kids will enjoy- and shipped it off in a box full of large colorful scrap silks-a box filled with possibilities and imagination!
Motivation? Profit? I was actually sorting through some of my cast aside silks with quilters in mind while having fun painting and sculpting in silk-when I thought -“hey-this is so much fun i think i’ll send some to wendy for the kids to play with!”. The rest of them i’m going to sort up and put on my etsy site for cheap and buy more silk with the proceeds.
Be on the lookout-