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?”
Sir/ am a wood craft man in India
Still 15years service plz I want one job in your company
I’m honestly a Beaver, completely paranoid about being a cuckoo and work hard not to be Peacock
A Beaver, love routine and have plans for every day but can verge towards the Wren at times and have been known to be a Thoroughbred. Think I am the offspring of the latter 2 which may account for some of those traits.
You are all getting so sophisticated with your palettes of types Maybe you should approach it this way Which category would my enemy place me in? Another interesting thought is which one do you want to be?
Definitely a beaver – routine for ten years now! And a bit of queen ant going on and have to say that any cuckoo tendencies are unfounded as I invented both bunting and cupcakes! Boom boom! (They want it I make it what can I say…)
Poppy “They want it, I make it” is a great policy keeps the food on the table and the electricity flowing( circuiting?)
I am a wren and a phoenix and sometimes an ostrich too! :0! xx
Love it! There’s probably a bit of many of them in all of us. I think I’m mainly phoenix and beaver but there’s probably some wren and even, if I’m honest, cuckoo too. Definitely no thoroughbred though. “So prettiii” said one such about my jewellery at a recent fair, before swanning back to Made In Chelsea (or so it seemed!).
perversely I see a bit of Wren and a bit of Rottweiler but want to be a beaver. I know the perfect Peacock though :)
I think I’m a mixture between ostrich and wren who wishes she was a beaver :o/ Love your sense of humour.
very funny descriptions; and that’s great because most times we all take ourselves way too seriously – craftwork I think should be about self expression (with some discipline) and enjoying what you do….
I agree but the votes do show that craftspeople are remarkably honest and own up to their shortcomings which is why they are not bankers.
This was very funny! l am a bit of an Ostrich and pheonix. Maybe….. haha
I think I’m a wren who occasionally lets the Rottweiler out to play (when the world needs to be set to rights). Oh yeah, the Beaver is in there too.
Great post. I am still laughing – because it is all too true.