Lately, I’ve been deviating from my audiobooks (which you can get on Spotify!) and rocking out to Balkan music. I can’t get enough of those violins, brass, clarinets, and gudulkas!
As some of you may have noticed, the reopening of my shop has also included a pricing increase. I thought I’d share with you some of my process to get to these prices, since the cost of artwork can be a confusing topic.
I’ve had Emi.Nation open for three years and I’m so grateful for each one of my customers. I love to communicate with them, hear about their passions, and sometimes I am lucky enough to be able to translate that into a piece of jewelry or a box for a special occasion. Each transaction is a gift, and I am humbled by the support everyone has given me.
And yet with all of the joy from both my work and my customers, I was failing as a business. Pyrography is an incredibly time-consuming art medium. Some of the bracelets I was making take days to accomplish, especially commissions, since I also research into the topics that I’m working on. At the rate I was charging, I’ve made somewhere around $5 an hour for my bracelets. I was missing out on my family and yet still not getting anywhere closer to supporting anyone on my business. If I wanted to ever “make it” as a full-time artist, my prices needed to reflect the time put in to each and every creation. The decision to raise prices is a difficult one, but it is a necessary one if I’d like to stop waitressing five or six days a week. I hope that you all will understand this decision, and please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
With a great deal of love and respect,
EmiNation is a fine art pyrography studio based in Los Angeles, California. She creates custom work on plaques, jewelry, boxes, and more!
I have a new website! I’m quite excited about it. I’ve also re-opened my shop, I hope you’ll check it out!