I’ve just read the excellent Show Your Work by Austin Kleon, which advises that in order to build a customer base and ‘brand’ recognition, creative people need to come out of the studio and start sharing: their work in progress, the projects that went wrong, the inspiration – the whole creative process.
In short, he suggests that we need to just put it out there – so I’m going to give it a go!
I’m out of my comfort zone – as a professional, I am used to presenting a finished piece. I’m not sure I want the world to see the hideous end table that turned out less 1940s mint and more a putrid shade of hospital green and will anyone care that my Charleston Cabinet was inspired by the work of Bloomsbury artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant or that I spend hours late at night trawling through Pinterest looking for ways to improve my technique?
Still I have nothing to lose, and possibly everything to gain so here goes…