Jan, at Poppytalk, wrote an impassioned post over at Poppytalk today about the magic missing from the handmade ‘net.
I love the spirit of the post and the underlying sadness is earnest and real: there are those that will copy artists & innovators to get ahead.
I’m reminded that in as much as the internet has helped handmade art, handmade artists and the whole handmade movement, it is also crushing the magic, the beautiful, the real handmade, the original.
I’d like to take the spirit of her words one step further. I’d like to issue a challenge.
Magic comes from innovation. Magic isn’t just something you can put out into the world and hope it lasts.
The handmade ‘net was magical because it was new. It was a new iteration of the age old tradition of gathering a community around art & craft & all things beautiful.
But magic – spirit – power doesn’t last forever.
Magic requires constant reinvention, spells cast anew.
Unfortunately, copy cats are as age old as these traditions, too. I’ve been the victim of them myself. I’ve done new things, made a name for myself, and seen those same things copied by others.
Copy cats will always exist. They will always be there to steal away bits of magic from the words, deeds, and brushstrokes of artists.
There is only one thing that keeps copy cats at bay: creating new things. As bloggers, crafters, writers, creatives, entrepreneurs, we can’t hope to return to a time of magic. If we’re the true artists, it’s our job to always be looking to create something new, innovate, discover, collaborate, inaugurate, design, develop.
Don’t give in to the copy cats but don’t let them control your life. As an artist, you are in control of the spells you cast and the magic your weave.
My challenge is to simply focus on the road ahead. On what is to come. And how you can create it.
My challenge is to never become too comfortable with what you have. Or what you’ve produced.
My challenge is to see the magic in possibility. And bring possibility to fruition.