Thursday, April 15, 2010

your can lead a crafter to water but you can't make them drink

Okay so I'm frustrated... My goals were simple 1. Allow women to earn an income from their art work 2.Allow women to be responsible for how their work is sold 3. Engage women in the process from start to finish, hands on all the way 4. Empower women to start things beyond me and That's Women's Work and to assemble themselves I'm wondering where it went wrong? I'm trying to reframe and look at this from other angles. Maybe I haven't stressed the grassroots part enough? Maybe the fee was too low? Folks want services for $10.00 that they would get for a $250 table at other events Maybe folks didn't realise that ownership on their part would be important? Maybe folks didn't realise they would be encouraged to participate beyond simply selling their wares? Maybe folks don't need community? Maybe folks aren't ready for this? Maybe folks don't realise I am one person? Maybe the lack of physical contact and the huge amount of online communication means folks don't feel obligated as there has been no personal contact? Is asking for folks to promote their work a huge hurtle, maybe women aren't ready to expose themselves in an artful way and I am being unreasonable in asking as much? ... so I'm wondering what are the solutions? 1. Marketing workshops on self promotion for women? 2. Community building workshops? 3. Being way more clear in my marketing? I thought I was selling revolution and empowerment but it seems I am selling tables at a craft fair....... ;0( Michelle P.s. I have had lovely women contact me and support me as well! Don't want to underplay that piece of the puzzle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No comments:

Post a Comment