Wednesday, February 18, 2015
More February musings on my mind
Thinking all day (which is a scarey thing for me to do) as we do when we are in the phases of the moon (not the Phases of the Moose which is a bead embroidery piece of mine) , I realized that when I was a beginner beader, I wanted it all, but there wasn't much all on the internet.
It was 1996, and the internet was really beginning to take shape. I wanted patterns for everything that I saw, and when I did find one, I printed it and put it in a folder. After a while, I became friends with beaders who had a little more income than I did and they bought pattern books - O.M.G. Books? With beading patterns. And they let me make copies. Wow - could life be much better? Free beading patterns and copyright be damned.
Fast forward many, many years as I was clearing out the closet in my studio of items that I haven't touched in a long, long, long time. I ran across a stack of those patterns. From many of the names that I now recognize and count amongst my friends. Shameful behavior on my part. One of the things I really noticed? I made few, if any, of the pieces from these free/illegal patterns. The few items that I did make, I went to the web page and spent my $7 to $20 and bought patterns. Why after several years? Because it's the right thing to do.
As I continue to clear out boxes, I toss the patterns in the recycle bin, shake my head and wonder what planet I was from. Then I purchase patterns, Yes, I still purchase patterns. And books. I buy books with patterns that I may never make. Because now I want to support my friends and colleagues. Who, someday, may support me.
Now, as I start on my teaching career with beads, I completely understand that what I did was incorrect. Wrong. WRONG. Will it happen to me. Of course it will. I'd be pretty naive to think that it wouldn't happen. I will just hope that several years down the road, this unknown beader will have the same epithany that I did. And buy my patterns.
Now, if I could just come up with a name for the Etsy store, I could really start this phase of my life.