Kit and Caboodle is not a e-commerce site, yet selling jewellery is what sustains us, so lets talk about it.
Every day I walk out of my house and see streets full of people adorned in ugly jewellery and malls crowded with gold shops. Where is the beautiful jewellery that we all make - hidden away in quiet white spaces.
So as a jewellery student, I often wonder whether it was a financially wise decision to invest so much time in learning the difficult skills of jewellery making, not to mention the personal emotions that I have had to tap into to create jewellery.
I have spent a bit of time this year looking at the options immediately available to make an income. What are they, and how viable are they? Are the same approaches possible for one-off pieces or do I need a production line? Should I manufacture myself, here in Australia, or send it offshore? None of this I am sure about, and perhaps a little more study, a little discussion would help clarify it for me and other jewellers, especially those recently graduated. It is the information about the choices that I wish to share firstly, and most of this I have found over the past few months and put in the links section of my starting blog - www.kitandcaboodle.com.au
I know that I am still experimenting with jewellery, not sure exactly where that will end, but would like to make an income and move those experiments on, I am not really ready for a definitive label or style, or ready for gallery representation.
So I have found that there are quite a few options to set up a online shop within a safe framework - Etsy, Handmademarket, HauteCouture - sign up, set up a shop, load up items and go from there. Lots of emerging designers have started here, especially Etsy and there is a nice local community thing happening there too.
That leads into the designer markets - Made on the Left, Finders Keepers, pyd, Young Blood, Rose St Markets. Summer time is market time!
There are some fabulous online shops looking for designers - Oye Modern, modamuse, Definite Style, moose. I love them all.
Anyhow, I am a little tired, and its been a busy week, just wondering...............