Wednesday, 31 March 2010
I am trying to do some 'strategic thinking' in terms of the direction my business should take. There are lots of different ways in which it, and I could go, and while I have my own opinions about this, I feel that any decision I make really should be informed by the wider world out there as far as possible.
You see, I take the artwork of my children very seriously. I was, and still am, thrilled to watch my kid's artwork develop, change and progress, and love to encourage them. I hate to discard any of their work, and the best is carefully preserved, used or presented in a way to really show it off.
However, I sometimes suspect I am not typical in this respect, and that the majority of parents take no more than a passing interest, if any, in their child's work, and while they might stick it on the fridge or on the kitchen wall, or their child's bedroom wall, they wouldn't dream of putting it in the living room for example, let alone have it expensively framed as they might a photograph of the child themselves.
I enjoy doing what I do, and carrying out commissions for people. The response I get is really satisfying for me personally. But long-term, as a business, I need to be sure that what I am offering is something that people have an interest in, if it is to develop as I would like.
Admittedly it's very early days, for me to be suffering a crisis of confidence - I have barely started promoting it, but I thought I would at least try to ask the question to inform any decision I make. So.... is your child's artwork important to you? Is it something that you would preserve for posterity or display prominently in your house? What do you normally do with it? I would love to know what everyone thinks, so please give me your feedback!