Loss & learning
I lost one of those cuffs getting on the bus this morning (too late to jump off and grab it without having to wait another 40 minutes for the next bus, I decided to let it go into the universe and head to work on time instead). This teaches me several things:
- I need to make the same cuffs again with buckles rather than press studs. Press studs are flimsy. Probably I should migrate away from press studs in general.
- It's a lot easier to deal with losing something I like when I know I have the means to make it again.
- I kind of like the idea of some random Newtown type finding my cuff on the footpath and picking it up. Will they wonder where it came from? Will they see the rough edges and know it's hand-made by a non-professional? Will they keep it for themselves or think of a friend who might like it?
- It's nice to set beautiful objects free in the world. My eyes now will be open for the flash of shiny red, silver rivets and matte black leather on the wrists of the local populace.
I find myself unwilling to sell my objects, but I'm working on being able to give them away. It was hard at first getting over my fear of not correctly matching object to new owner- to make something for someone and have it not be perfect (and perfect for them) is an awful thought. I made a cuff for a friend recently though and actually, seeing the photo of her wearing it made my day.