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Bonafide Macramé Artist

I’m doing art fulltime! I decided while I was finishing my bachelors degree in Syracuse at ESF I would pursue art as my full part-time gig. I’ve never had my own business and honestly I’m not sure that I’ve ever really wanted to.

Getting Artsy Fartsy Starting a Handmade Business

I’ve been doing macramé for my own personal pleasure for at least 4 years. I’ve had lots of fun with it and have even made things for friends and family. My artist friends have been telling me for years that I should sell macramé. I’ve been hesitant because even though I’m proud of the things I’ve created, I’ve created them for me. I knew once I started making things for other people I would then be opening myself up to judgement and critique. Two things no one is ever interested in. I was ultimately worried it would take all the fun out of it.

But here I am…. plotting my move to Syracuse and thinking about how I’m going to adjust my lifestyle with just one income (my fiancé’s). I realized now was the best time to test out selling macramé because I finally have some free time. I signed-up to work the Guilderland Farmer’s market on Sunday mornings and I have to say it’s been going… “not bad.”

As with any business there’s start-up cost and up-front expenses that put you in a deficit. I wont get into the specifics but after working 2 farmers markets and Art on Lark, I have finally made a profit. I have to say, it feels good. I’m excited! It’s opened my eyes up to new possibilities for sure. I’ve also learned so much. One of the perks of selling macramé has been meeting other artist. There’s so many talented people in the capital district. Everyone has been so willing to share their tips. It’s really quite lovely.

I’ve also realized this is not something I can do while I’m in school. It’s incredibly too demanding and I would not have the time for my studies. That is all fine and dandy though because I’ve got other ideas.

You can purchase macramé in my store starting Monday. They are made to order and ship FREE.

Love and light everyone,

Tati 🙂

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