By Oasim Karmieh
Today I shipped my 23rd handcrafted Art Toy.
I have started this Toy Design studio 9 month ago and I’ve done so many stupid decisions that I stopped counting, but in a weird way I really enjoyed all this hard process. But as we all know, Mistakes are for learning.
A friend of mine kept asking me which part of the whole process of the toy making I enjoy the most. I used to answer with “I love all the stages” and I heard amazing Toy Artists say that they enjoy the concept or the hand painting, or the casting (actually I don’t think anybody enjoys resin casting). Frank Kozik says that the best part is "Making the deal, the rest is just busy work”.
But, after shipping my 23rd art toy, I finally have an answer to the question “Which part of this Art Toy making business you enjoy the most?” Best part of starting a toy design studio is when I ship the Art Toy , the moment I hand write the thank you note to all my clients, the moment I wrap it up in bubbles, the moment I put the figurine that I spent so many hours from concept, to digital sculpting to 3d printing to cleaning, sanding, priming, air brushing, hand painting and glueing, shipping the product is the moment you know it’s out of your control, you can't tweak it, change it, polish it. The moment I drop off that package, the art toy is out there to be admired, cherished, loved and judged.
I’m going to leave you with this beautiful quote by Seth Godin, whose books have helped me so much in this new journey:
Sign your work...If you're not proud of it, don't ship it. If you are, sign your work and own the results. We'll know who to thank. If you work for a place where work goes unsigned (internally, in particular) it's worth asking why. Seth Godin