First off I want to thank you for taking the time to look into the topic I have started here. I have been lurking around, but I wanted to register and ask the community here a question that has been bothering me.
I have been developing a strong interest in design for almost a year and a half now. I’ll have to
sheepishly admit that it really started when I discovered Notcot.org. Ever since I have been slowly discovering the industry. And that brings me to were I am today.
My question is, well I don’t really know how to put it, So I’ll have to say it a different way.
When I was 11 years old I was invited to learn from a Journeyman knife maker who lived out in the country, how to make knifes. For two years mostly during the summer, my family would drive me to his house and I would spend all day in the shop with him on weekends. Learning to forge, temper, polish, carve our handles, and preen a knife to balance and perform to excellent standards.
In a lot of ways this is how I imagined design. I get really excited when I see college, and university design courses include a “Machine shop” or something similar. But, as I read the stories from people who work in this field, their stories seem to involve a lot of words that make them sound like they lug a laptop and a briefcase around to an office building everyday.
I can honestly say that I love design, both process and completed piece. But, I want to work with my hands, I want to build and create. That is were it really pays off for me.
So, my alternative to sketching about all day so a corp can put my idea to mass production. Is to own a small business of my own. Now, I’m sure that is what everyone would love to do right? It sounds like the holy grail of design, to design and sell what you see fit (so to say). So, I really wonder how realistic I am being with myself.
Yes, I guess that’s my question. Am I asking the wrong things from Design?
If I had it my way I would produce a lot of unique pieces on my own time. I wonder if that is something I can do on the side? As silly, as it sounds, My goal would be to have a shop to work in, and a store front to sell the items at. If you really wanted to know just how far my head is in the clouds, then I would tell you that I would like to work with a collaborative of designers like myself. Who prefer to be at the head of their own designing. More designers, means a greater diversity in products, that means a larger potential customer base. Also, keeping my small business small comes with some advantages. I may be able to attract designers who work with reclaimed and recycled material. But I’m starting to drift off topic, and the truth is that I still need much more education when it comes to the business aspect of things. So, I am looking forward to your insight!
I look forward to hearing from you!