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Ask the Makers~Does Your Passion Put Others Off?




Does your passion for your work (or your product) put others off?  By this I mean, are you so passionate and in love with what you do that you overwhelm some people?  Do your loved ones think you have a bit of a fetish for felt?  Do you raving fans love that you go giddy for glitter or wax poetic about patina?

Danielle’s Answer:

Thankfully I think most of my friends are kind and understanding enough to not mention it if they think I have an obsession. However, I know for a fact that my closest family members think I have a little bit of a hoarding tendency when it comes to supplies. I  never really have a plan for my materials I just buy up whatever looks good or feels inspiring. But then every now and then I purge everything and start over almost completely so… Yeah I am definitely a little weird with work related materials. Also they creep into every corner of the house which I assume annoys my husband just a tad.

Stacie’s Answer:

I do worry a lot about putting other’s off because I talk about my work so much. But the truth is that I am so entwined with my work that I don’t know how to separate the two! Really I think that my love for illustration comes from an authentic place. And if I seem overly enthusiastic it is because I am so very fortunate to be doing what I love for a living. So hopefully people will indulge me when the topic of my conversations for the day are about Pantone colors, different types of chickens, and my ever increasing love of hand-lettering and paper goods 🙂

Kat’s Answer:

Most people in my world are inspired by passion (gimme some of what she is having!) – a rising tide definitely lifts all ships and people living their passion create the space for more people to live their passion. Maybe if someone is in a negative space and isn’t really connecting with their own self worth or is feeling like they are standing on shifting sand, it might be off-putting when someone gets all rah-rah about their latest project. But, if we are connecting with the real truth – that we are all here for different things – we will always be inspired by someone’s love of whatever it is they are loving .. except brussel sprouts, I’m not sure I can get behind someone’s love of them!

Megan’s Answer:

In general, I share half of my passions with my online audience.  I geek out on things that don’t always align with the purpose of my business and thus I keep those things to myself.  My partner gets the brunt of those geeking out periods and he’s learned to nod and smile when I rant about Edwardian inventions or silly cats (just as I have learned to nod and smile when he talks about modern photographers and beatnik poets).  I want to keep my readers engaged within my brand and that’s why I try to rein myself in.  However, when I’m in public meeting new makers, I tend to gush about everything that interests me which is probably why I’ve been told that I’m a wonderful source of interesting tidbits after I’ve had a drink.

Eleanor’s Answer:

I don’t think my passion for my work or my product puts others off, but rather sometimes my setting time boundaries. When you work for yourself and/or at home people often think that you’re available for chats or socializing during the week day. It can be hard to get people to understand that you can’t take a two hour lunch, go shopping, or chat on the phone just because your your own boss!

Having said that, I can get nutty talking about digital commerce, but most ‘non-industry’ people are too removed from the topic that I don’t even try and talk shop  (pun intended!)

Jess’s Answer:

I don’t think I have ever felt this, thankfully. Then again, I tend to suffer from under-talking up my work in a social setting. I’m more than happy to chat about it for hours if someone shows interest, but I usually introduce myself simply as ‘a silversmith’. Thankfully, my family are all super-supportive, and always keen to listen to me chatter about my work!


How do you handle expressing those topics you’re most passionate about with your friends, family, and fans?

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Megan Eckman

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Megan Eckman is a quirky pen and ink illustrator who never outgrew her overactive imagination. Her work merges the style of old fairy tale illustrations with modern fantasies. When she’s not drawing (and giggling all the while), she can be found pacing her apartment writing more stories to go with her artwork.

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