I don’t like working for other people. I realized this at some point in my adult life and it really shouldn’t have come as that much of a shock considering by that point both my parents had either worked or were working for themselves.
I hated the idea that all my hard work was going to make someone else rich. Why should they get to profit off my labour? (Insert line about how capitalism sucks).
I knew I wanted to ultimately work for myself and I figured I would open some kind of graphic design business once I was a stay at home mom. Which I did, you can find that website here. But in 2016 I started White Willow. What started out as Harry Potter inspired ready to wear pieces has evolved into a knitwear pattern design business that still has a toe (or leg) in the nerdy culture for pattern inspiration.
I’m not raking in the dough by any means at this point (Fall 2019) but I sell the occasional pattern and I know it will just keep growing because I keep designing.
Now, to the point of this post. Sometimes the people closest to you won’t believe in you. I’m fortunate enough that my husband and close friends understand my need to be doing something creative that’s not necessarily designing some logo for a brand I don’t believe in with a font I can’t stand.
However I can’t say the same of my parents or other family members. They have never said anything in the way of “you should be doing something besides knitting” and my mom did pay me to make her a sweater (the Amethyst Grace Cardigan). However my aunt did balk at the price of my headbands because, and I quote, “I can get one at the dollar store.” Well, my yarn probably costs more than she anticipated paying but that’s okay!
She’s not my target demographic.
It’s okay that my family doesn’t think that what I do is work, because I know it is. It’s work that I love, but at the end of the day it’s my chosen profession and considering a few years ago I didn’t even knit, yet now I’m designing knitwear… I’m pretty damn proud of that.
So this is to all the people who look down on anyone for doing something “non-traditional” as their means of surviving in the capitalistic society we are dealing with. Just because you hate your job, doesn’t mean we have to.
We believe in our own damn selves.