Last week, I stumbled upon the video above, illustrating the process of creating handmade paper parasols. I was kind of blown away by the number of steps and the amount of hands that it took to complete each one. I guess I never really thought about how they were made.
Also, with all of the advancements in technology, it's easy to forget the time and talent that can go into making some items by hand.
It made me wonder if clients might understand how an artist prices their work, if they knew what actually went into it. All of the stuff you don't see. It's true that a skilled artist can make creating look easy.
Throughout my life, people have often told me that I make what I do (creatively) look easy. Often, at this stage of my career, what I do might even feel easy for me.
You don't always see all of the years of experience, education, trial and error, mistakes, money, headache, successes, etc… that came before that "easy" moment.
While some might not appreciate the skill and cost of preserving "crafts", this video is a perfect example of how much can go into hand crafting a simple, functional item.
For me, it definitely sheds light on how and why some things are priced the way they are.
Would thinking about how something was made or how many hands touched a product you were going to buy make a difference in how you felt about the price?
I'd love to know what you think about the video.
Until next week,