PIXIE and PIXIER has come a long way from the humble beginnings of multi-coloured resin and a battered point and shoot camera. In the 4 years that I’ve been running this little online world I’ve been able to smash well over 3000 individual sales, had pieces pop up in magazines and boutiques around the world, and bumped in to strangers on the street wearing the little things I’ve made (that’s my favourite).
There’s been late nights of packing orders, with my cats assisting (read: sitting on everything) and way too many sugary cups of tea. Remember that time Lena Dunham got one of my pieces? Or that time Frances Bean Cobain rocked one of my Barbie limb necklaces? Damn. That shit cray.
Starting my own business has taught me so much about who I am and pushed me to achieve more, learn more, and, ultimately, push more. Nothing’s gonna teach you to hustle more than working on your craft. I always strive to make my products better and more innovative, fun, and ridiculous. I read everything I can on jewellery making, illustration, and business.
Over time, it was the business books that really started to take my fancy. I grew a little bit obsessed with discovering how other people ran their businesses; the marketing, development, and ins and outs got me all in an over excitable frenzy. Seeing how so many individuals create business from their ideas blows my mind.
I love the internet for all the cat videos and 24/7 online shopping options but can we just talk about the opportunities it allows for? Excuse the cheese but you’ve got the world at your finger tips, baby. How exciting is that?! Tweet at someone whose work you admire and you could have a collaboration on the cards. Post videos of 90s R’n’B covers and suddenly you’re Justin Bieber. Start a blog and pretty much do whatever the fuck you want.
So, what is this waffling entry all about? Basically, I’m letting you know where I’m at: running a business made me fall in love with businesses.
Yeah, ok. That kinda means nothing.
What started as a way for me to be creative with the weird little things I made turned into me loving the other side of it all: the marketing, social media, customer interaction, and general businessy stuff.
Bear with me, guys. With new goals comes fresh clarity.