Yesterday I finally gave one of my designs to an artist for making of a sample. I also made the down-payment. It will take 8 days. It is only a sample and it is only for me, not for Barneys or Nordstrom, but I am so nervous!
It is a necklace set (necklace with earrings).
When I sketched this design I loved it on first sight. I re-designed it 4 times before I managed to finalize it and decided to make a sample. During those times I told myself:
“Just make a sample”
“You have done your best, what are you waiting for. You have drawn it for 4 times”
“This will look nice, just make it. You can always make some changes later”
“Worst-case scenario: if you will be the only person who likes it, at least there is one person who will wear it”
It took almost 2 months from the drawing of the initial design to finally decide, contact and meet with the artist, place the order and make the down-payment.
I felt so relieved and so energized when I sat with the artist yesterday. I bargained a little bit, explained further about the design, and finally we shook hands.
Then I went home…proud and happy!, until the conversation in my head started:
“There is a high possibility that the artist will misunderstand my drawing”
“I should have added more 3D drawings and more details in every angle to avoid misunderstanding”
“Why did I rush, I should have prepared it better and checked with other artists”
“I don’t think I have expressed my design well enough on the paper”
And on, and on…..
Now, a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do, to live and worry until the 8th day! : ) No, seriously, despite of all the conversations in my mind, I am happy and proud of myself that I went ahead with realizing my design. I cross my fingers that it will turn out alright.