Rant: Remember what a hobby used to be?
October 25, 2013
We’ve forgotten what a hobby was. It was sewing, crafting, drawing, for the pleasure of it alone.
Maybe once in awhile a friend or neighbour offered to buy our latest crochet project for a little money. We made things in our spare time at our own tempo. We kept making stuff which got given away or sold for a charity or sold so we could buy more supplies. It was a natural cycle of enjoyment, energy invested and a kind of gentle return on that. Sometimes it involved money, but it was about appreciation as well, and exchanging new techniques or materials with others.
Now every human with two hands and a knitting needle has dollar signs in her eyes it seems. Our society’s obsession with business has invaded even this homely domain. Now our knitter makes a ‘product’. In order to sell, she needs a logo, a label, a website, an Etsy store. She needs to be a good photographer to take images of her work to promote it. She must work the social sites, keep up with her Etsy contacts to make sure her work gets featured on others’ blogs, keep up with her networking. She needs to fill orders, set up an online payment system. She needs to become a good postal worker and get her products in the mail on time. The administration has to be done well and regularly. And soon she has to face it- she isn’t a knitter anymore, she is a retailer or depending on the product, a wholesaler. Her arm is hurting from staying up doing all that knitting to fill orders. Should she hire someone to do the drudge work?
Good grief, people. Keep your hobbies hobbies! Keep part of yourself off line and out of the marketplace.
Here is my latest creation from my hobby of crocheting- fully copied from delightful Lucie’s generously shared instructions.
And it is so not for sale.
Oh, but if you are interested, let’s see, it took around 5 hours, at 35 euros an hour- that will be 175 euros, thanks.
And, no, I can’t make 12 more.