Hi makers! Jewell here, hopping in for Kels with our Question of the Week in regards to maker accomplishments, at least one that we want to achieve in our lifetime.
For me, my accomplishment would be sort of a continuation - that being to connect us as makers. If I can be honest, I've seen more divisiveness in the maker community as of late than I've ever seen and it truly breaks my heart. I see makers battling grief, anxiety, inadequacy, unhealthy competition, false business and community pretenses, business practice solely for self-gain and overall drama (the dramz!) and I think these things are a true decay to our maker community. I've seen some of us make a claim to be leaders in the maker community, who feel that we deserve a platform to speak for and alongside makers, but end up sadly being the very ones who cut us down and slice our community as a whole.
When my team and I began OML last May, we never imagined how absolutely beautiful our first maker meetup would be (awesome recap pics here). We couldn't have created the vibrant spirit and energy that hit our small NYC downtown venue that day if we paid for it. It was more than a knitting party. It was more than just trying to promote our own crafts. It was far beyond anything money could buy - it was connection.
It was realizing that, honestly, our online maker personas are quite different (and impressively better) in person. Our smiles hold more worth than the online likes and comments. Our stories are better than any online shop bio. Sure we shared wonderful and practical financial and business advice, but what we walked away with that event day was friendship, true connection. It wasn't about money, drama, or being fake, It wasn't about being the most "successful" or "competitive" maker. Instead, it was about linking us all in a way that I think everyone in this world deserves to experience. That true, in person, let-me-give-you-the-best-hug type of friendship that I think is a key component of being a maker. It was about experiencing those honest community over competition vibes (because let's be honest, competition isn't all flowers and cupcakes - and sadly some makers have revealed the not so sweet side of it.) So I hope that, if given the chance, I'm blessed with the opportunity to keep connecting us as makers. It would be a grand accomplishment that I feel we not only all want and need, but truly deserve.
For this week's QOTW, we asked four makers what is the one thing they would want to accomplish in their maker lifetime and received some beautiful responses. I hope you take a quick peek into their thoughts and feelings, and connect with them in a way that proves amid our individual accomplishments when we come together online and off, we all rise.
What is one thing you want to accomplish in your maker lifetime?
What is one thing you want to accomplish in your maker lifetime? Tell us in the comments below or share it with us by emailing 'MY OML QOTW' to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to tag your #ourmakerlife photos with us on Instagram so we can see your beautiful and inspirational handmade!
Jewell, OML dream team