My wife and I have a problem.
We vend at shows, from Art Festivals to Farmer’s Markets, and we
want people to know what we do.
Both of us create ALL of our components from raw material. My wife
creates All of our beads and does all of our wire work, from
chains and clasps to ear wire. I do All of our gemstone cutting and
all of our metal smithing.
Neither of us are accredited or affiliated with anything in the
jewelry industry, except that I am a member of this community.
Our problem seems to be that often people seem to not believe us
when we tell them that we make everything. After all, who the heck
has time for that? And why would a couple so talented ever exist and
work at little street fairs? So, any ideas on how we might find more
believability? We even have pictures in our booth of us working in
our shop. We definitely notice a “disconnect” when we tell people
what we do. We would stop telling them and let the work speak for
itself, but many actually do “come around” when informed of our
We’ve been working on this for 14 years, and are purplexed.