Craftspeople read through these twelve types and see if you can recognise yourself.
Of course you won’t be able to, but I bet your friends will see you loud and clear in one of these types below
Keeps reinventing it’s business, to the confusion of their customers and finally to their own confusion. The next big idea is always the One. They end up drowning in a gaggle of websites and aliases.
Anticipates everlasting disaster, their gloom drives customers away. They dislike their customers anyway because they blame them for not buying . The Eeyore sees its medical conditions as a great conversation opener.
Has derivative products, always producing what every one else is doing: the cupcakes, bunting, seashells, beach hut, shabby chic, vintage vibe. They are never ahead of the pack but nor are they ever far behind. They excel at marketing and have lovely looking displays and websites. Very often they used to work in PR. Never known to under price their pieces.
Has their head in the sand about progress and figures, hears only what they want too. Says things like “I have faith that this will work ” Can get into terrible debt and is is often financing their crafts business out of a redundancy payment.
Shy, retiring, hesitant, apologetic, timorous. Explains everything wrong with their pieces, “that should really be longer, I didn’t get the colour quite right there.” Is pathetically grateful to her customers and will do what ever they ask. Favourite word is “sorry”. Sometimes unbelievably successful, but you would never guess.
Mainly spotted at craft fairs and teaching workshops showing off. Has a loud penetrating voice, flamboyant plumage, is larger than life and frequently male. Attractive to some and repugnant to others, has their own coterie, and a tendency to bully.
The Mother Hen
Her stall looks like a jumble sale, her website bursting at the seams with conflicting messages and her artist profile will tell you about her family. Her work is apparently photographed at twilight and is never centre frame. She is a skilled crafts woman invariably making something ugly and unfashionable. She is liked by all and always has toffees in her bag.
Doesn’t take credit cards, doesn’t have a website, doesn’t have email and doesn’t drive and is glad to tell you so as if it’s an achievement and makes them mysteriously superior to the poor mortals who can do all those things.
Never stops, works away; never flies, never drowns. Lives on an even keel, sensible, reliable, content. Sells steadily and has a weekly routine.
Believes in standing up for herself ( they are generally female) can be found hunting down the organiser at craft fairs and laying down the law in online forums. Has a slightly patronising way with customers. mostly all bark, they are mortified if told they are aggressive.
The Queen Ant
An Empire builder who talks the talk and walks the walk of a big conglomerate. They are totally money orientated. They have business names that end in designs.com They shamelessly self promote and network. Their conversation is all about themselves. Their actual product is underwhelming . Queen Ants metamorphise into business gurus but they boss their clients rather than nurturing them.
Comes from money, is the arty one in her set, primarily sells to friends who she advises on all matters arty, most likely to be found at the Selvedge Fair. Can be a bit icy to customers she wasn’t brought up with.
Which am I?
I am the product of a brief but passionate liaison between a Phoenix and a Rottweiler
Which is most you?
Do the poll and lets see what the predominant type is. If you think that like me you are a hybrid then tick the two most like you, but please don’t tick more than two. Then hit vote. If you had fun then leave me a comment or write me another crafts person type
40 thoughts on “Craftsperson Types – Which Are You?”
Reblogged this on Rollerama Mama and commented:
I have to say this is my new favourite blog: I’m not a massive blog follower but I love Dixie’s honesty, her ability to see straight to the point and how much she CARES about art, craft and the people who make it. What a star. Please vote on what kind of craftsperson/artist you are!
Rollermamama in my book you are the star Thank you!
I think I’m a Beaver, though I’m generally too busy working to think much about it …….
……… and I noticed a little reference there to the fact that not all Craftspeople are female ….. thankyou !
Romilly you are a Queen Ant. You are, you are, you are! In fact quite the classic form. Everyone seems to be on the Beaver Wren spectrum but you are off carveing through the clear waters of Antdom. Be Proud
Um… the union of a Phoenix and a Beaver? I refuse to think I might be a Queen Ant, even if my company name IS Golden Circle DESIGNS (and .com because it’s online – the registered name doesn’t have the .com – does that matter?)
Makes you think doesn’t it. I like the rabbit, I wish I was more rabbit as I am so slow.
But I think results are slow so I dispute the turtle bit. Progress is more like climbing up a terrace an advance then a plateau then another advance. But some of those plateaus feel like a halt.
I’m probably everything, but the Peacock, Wren, Dodo, Rottweiler, The Queen Ant, and Throughbred. Maybe I should have been those instead? I’m more like an actual Rabbit and Turtle. Always quick at everything, but slow at getting results. Hmmmm? That doesn’t sound too good either huh?
What a great survey!! I am a combination of a phoenix and a wren..
That was so much fun! Thank you! I am a mother hen, and a beaver! Now, back to building the messy Dam….
I don’t know… will have to have somebody else take a look !!
Very clever. Shamefully I feel I must be a mix of Phoenix, Cuckoo and Wren. I flit from one idea to the next and am always apologetic, This past year I came to the point of hiding my whole website from everyone I know (except hubby) so I didn’t have to I take on board their ‘creative criticism’.
If the dodo doesn’t vote it will become extinct.
Yeah poor Dodo but it sees extinction as another achievement.
You should be pleased to be a mongrel, they cope with all that life has to throw.
But thinking about it, you are probably Wren through and through. You think you are copying other people’s ideas (Cuckoo)you loose confidence and start again ( Phoenix ) you are battered by advice and its all because you are pure timorous Wren. My advice? Pretend to be an Eagle and stop believing in everyone else but you Ms Wren.
Boy, I sure wish I had a little of all of them except for the Dodo. But I am mostly wren with a some beaver. If I had a good monthly income that would be great.
Eek! It’s true, I’m a wren I guess… sorry! haha;)
What are you building ? I would really like to know, what ever it is it will suceed.
I thought how are the Dodos going to vote as by definition they can’t see the quiz, should we vote on their behalf, If we know a Dodo should we vote for them so that it is properly scientific?
But then how do we know that somebody else hasn’t already voted for them? What if there is actually only one Dodo craftsman in the world ,but they are tremendously social and know Everybody ? They have lots of extra time as they are off line so they have time to party. How ever do serious researchers manage?
My dodo-ism is selective – I am social media hip (ish) but total dodo mechanically – no car, no microwave, etc. I think I am going to build – a little cautiously – a business based on my handmade jewellery and luxury evening handbags. Still in first stages “testing” my products and markets and trying to figure out how to do this, if at all. I need to get over a new-year hump with the day job, and then hope later this month to focus on the planning and start up of this concept. Your blog and your very realistic and detailed stories of other craftspeople and how they are working it all out is a fantastic resource, I am still reading the 100+ comments on the seven deadly sins and thinking through those lessons! Big thank you for your work here!
Soon as you have time, show me some pics of your pieces and I will tell you what I think of them because they have to have something about them to work. I am really curious to see. I will help you in any way that I can. There is another post you should look at that allows you to think about your chances of suceeding Its the third link down under the quizes.
oooooohhhhh dear… I was laughing till I hit the Dodo… the bit about not driving. Ouch! I will get my license again, once my Portuguese is good enough to take the exam, promise! These are good warnings to bear in mind as I try to build a craft based business, thank you!!
I voted myself as a Wren but, looking again, I should have added a bit of beaver. I definitely recognise the Queen Ant in a couple of my friends.
Oh, Queen Ants, Phoenix and Peacocks! I wish I didn’t know of so many!
I like to think I’m a Rottweiler.
Laura I think you are a Rottweiler with Wrenish tendencies
I know some dodos and some peacocks… and alas, i think even a Rotti! I am beaver all the way!
Oh dear God! I’m a wren?
What great descriptions and they made me laugh! After reading them a couple of times, I think I am an odd hybrid of a Phoenix and a Mother Hen with some beaver tendencies.
Could well be, they sort of fit together quite well.