July 2015 - Courage

Many of us tend to take the easy option in our lives and in our work. We say things like 'better the devil you know' or 'I don't want to jump out of the frying pan into the fire' to justify carrying on in the same old way.

Occasionally you meet someone who sees and does things differently. This lady always enjoyed designing and making craft when she was at school so it was no surprise that she went on to get a BA in the subject at college.

However when confronted with the reality of needing a regular income to pay the large bills you get when living in London, she got a job in a library, all the while continuing to design, make and display jewellery. The job progressed and Emily achieved an MA in knowledge and information management.

But the early passion for 'making' never went away; her work was attracting more and more attention up and down the country in shows and galleries. An invitation to join the prestigious Art Councils Hothouse group and an invitation to show in New York all seemed to be pointing in one direction. Quit the day job and launch into being a full time designer - maker.

It's a high risk strategy because you have to design it, make it, find a discerning clientele and then sell it; and that's just the fun bit, because you also have to run a business at the same time.

When any of us decide to do something like this, it is not a life sentence and whatever happens, we will always be able to look back in later life and say "Well I gave it my best shot", rather than, "I really wish I had been more adventurous with the opportunities I had in my life."