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Personal Redirection

It is no real secret that I am looking for a new job. Something to take me away from tedious manual labour in a frankly bitchy hetero-male dominated environment.

I really respect my immediate boss and the company directors but the rest of them are…well I think personally they are frustrated in many ways and that is why they are unpleasant. The kind of people who are quite personable to your face and then you over hear how they speak about you between themselves. Or indeed who are very friendly on a one to one basis and then indulge in manful one up manship once grouped together.

Being the lone artistic homosexual in the workplace has not always been fun.

That leads us onto the point of this post. It is my 2nd anniversary at Job 1 on the 19th. For two years I have been intending to find something better. I have sustained work related injuries and it has not been positive for my mental health.

However there are many things the job has taught me. My abilities of task management and independent working have been exercised. Manual handling and loading plus lateral thinking came into direct usage also.

The most important thing is that since going part time in November I have had the opportunity to develop all the skills that Job 1 did not allow me to use.

Lets break it down, hey?

Purky Productions and Products do not just happen.

    I have learned to prioritise tasks and then execute them to create specific outcomes often using very limited resources.
      • For example, booking studio time and administration time in order to create a new range of distinct products for the First Purky Party and create interest in a short time frame with limited financial resources.
      • Working full time and at one point working two jobs totalling 80 committed hours per week has led to very precise planning skills being nessasary in order to achieve all outcomes.
      My networking skills have been important for researching venues, booking and ordering stock items, equipment and locations. 
        • Many of the venues Purky uses are small businesses and as such I aim to benefit them with increased publicity and footfall as a result of hosting a Purky event. This has translated directly into negotiating power for venue services and the genuine altruistic intent of cross pollination between small businesses have resulted in financial growth on both sides.

        Careful development of products and services tailored to the customer and end outcome
          • For example Purky is currently developing a range of Altar accessories for a shop on Glastonbury high street. The items need to be of high quality bronze, copper and ceramic with very specific end uses. The range includes bowls, candle holders, incense stands and athames. Each piece needs to created in a manner sympathetic to pagan ideals but usable across a range of spiritual paths. This has led to interesting challenges of design, manufacture and packaging.
          Personal relationships  nurtured and developed with clients and service providers have allowed me to punch far above my weight in order to pull events together into unique experiences. Budgeting and negotiation in order to deliver services and events.
              •  For example for Arcane Encounters I negotiated a very reasonable rate for the venue that allowed me to invest in set dressing (glassware and candles) so I could create a perfect atmosphere. The event was then publicised using social networking to reduce costs and increase the personality and intimacy of the activity.
               The creation of marketing materials including press releases, point of sale, advertising copy, posters, flyers, soundbites, videos, photographs and portfolios.
                  • The First Purky Party had a press release to the local paper (Western Gazzette) which resulted in an interview, plus photographs which promoted the venue and the event. 
                  • The Magnificent Maker’s Market uses  paid advertising in the local free paper. Intriguing characterful language is used to evoke interest in the reader and stand out from the average craft market.
                  • Purky Productions has gained a reputation for using high quality and well designed posters and flyers. This allows the events to stand out and appear professional and inviting to potential clients and attendees.
                  • Purky Products has recently branched out into using Youtube as an advertising platform to offer a slideshow portfolio of the Gearpunk collection. 
                  • Purky attends many events other than the ones it organises itself, I have learned how to use crisp soundbites to deliver information to clients in a clear and engaging manner. This has helped develop customer relationships and network with other professionals.
                  I have organised multiple events including repeat events. These include performances and retailing opportunities.
                    • Purky Party (April 2012)
                    • Purky Productions Presents – The Goblin Tailor (May 2012)
                    • Spring Fling Makers Market  (May 2012)
                    • Grand Purky Tea Party (August 2012)
                    • Arcane Encounters (October 2012)
                    • The Dark and Curious Market (October 2012)
                    • Purky Productions Presents – A Quintet of Dark Tales  (November 2012)
                    • Hogswatch Maker’s Market (November 2012)
                    • The Magnificent Maker’s Market (December 2012)
                    • The Magnificent Maker’s Market (February 2013)
                  Skill development? Essentially if I want to do something, I do it. I may spend a very long time researching the subject but I always look to expand my skillbase and tap into new markets.
                    • Examples include Purky Glass and Purky Gearpunk.
                      • On the glass front I have wanted to work in the material for a long time and so collated my research on techniques and technical aspects, including current and historical design trends.
                      • I then invested very carefully in the materials and tools having performed bugetry analysis including estimated break even points and sales costings.
                      • In a very rapid R&D phase I intensively invested my time and skills to reach a good standard of work before beginning to publicise my work.
                        • With Gearpunk, I have been researching the steampunk genre for a long time and became inspired in April to create a range influenced by gears and clockwork.
                        • I analysed the current market place to ensure that my work would be unique and hopefully exciting.
                        • I developed my unique design plates and working methods then began to experiment and manufacture.
                        • To promote the Gearpunk range I independently traded and exhibited at shows in London, Cardiff and Bristol whilst building a social media presence. The networking achieved in that timescale is now positively affecting Purky activities in 2013.

                    Essentially everyone, I mean business and I am looking to pursue my passion for small business and delivering measurable success to the people I deal with.

                    It may sound altruistic but I believe that small companies have to work together to create sustainable income and I want to find a job where the skills I have developed will be able to grow further and offer me the opportunity to deliver those results.

                    Signing off for now

                    Captain P x

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                    Otterly Delightful

                    I got followed on Twitter by a very charming Otter and popped across to look at his (or her) page.

                    How do you feel about otters?

                    http://www.iamotter.co.uk

                    I have now decided I want a pet otter and will make him or her a special water slide in the bathroom.

                    Check out Otter’s special toast making tutorial 🙂

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                    Purky Video :)

                    So I have been meaning to do this for absolutely ages.

                    Essentially a slideshow video showing off my work as a viewable portfolio. I found a copy of Windows Movie Maker on my laptop (whoop!) and gave it a go.

                    The music is a free download (link in the description) and I quite enjoyed laying the slides out and adding the transitions.

                    Please let me know what you guys think!

                    Captain P xx

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                    Monday Money

                    So here we are, ‘Hello Monday’

                    Traditionally a day of sorting things out. Popping to the bank, listing things on folksy, photographing stock, maybe making a few things, sending out emails etc.

                    I am in a very unproductive mood and rather anxious about Money. That big scary thing that very few people have enough of.

                    We are slightly behind with our rent at the Purky Enclave and coupled with two large event expenditures coming up in February I am wary that ends may not quite meet. Where should cuts be made?

                    Happily I learned how to budget from my frugal Mother (and how to splurge from my Father) and have been feeding us quite well on minimal financial input. I have lined up a few expenses to cut thus maximising our cash flow.

                    I am quite keen on the idea of finding a reasonably paid 9-5 job where I do not work weekends. That would maintain a lot of my flexibility for attending events whilst topping up the household income. We are not far far behind just a few hundred pounds extra a month would make all the difference.

                    Historically I have worked until stupid o clock in the morning to keep up with my artistic ambitions and hold down paid work. So this is rather achieveable, if I can find a job.

                    Plus I am relatively confident that the quality and variety of my new work will start to pay off in the next six months. Several small shops are interested in stocking my work locally and I am trying to build on my online sales.

                    So temporary boost in finances – commit for six months maybe? and then jump back into part time work and artistry?

                    Appeals to me.

                    Have a beautiful leaping bronze Gearcat Brooch picture, for positivity 🙂

                    Much love from Captain Purky xx

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                    January

                    I do not really get along well with January.
                    Traditionally lots of people have post seasonal blues and I understand and accept that.

                    Somehow though, I get sucked into a pit of self hatred and misery that becomes overwhelming. It causes me to isolate myself and judge everything I do with angry eyes.

                    Last year that isolation was unbearable, living by myself and utterly financially empty just amplified that feeling.

                    This year, I am living with my lovely fella which is frankly wonderful but my internal emotional state is not that much rosier. I feel guilty for feeling down when actually things in many ways are not that bad. He is loving and supportive and gives the most amazing cuddles. Finances are tight but we have a budget in place.

                    However, the angsty feelings leave me at a point of doubt – am I worthwhile? are my intentions valuable? should I continue?

                    It eats away at my confidence and happiness and I usually retreat into myself.
                    January 2013, I have retreated into my projects.

                    Lots of Purky Products have been photographed and are now listed online. I have set the infrastructure in place for my Magnificent Maker’s Market and have so much to do. I want to help my partner regenerate his family business and push the limits of my productivity.

                    Obviously I wish I had more financial resources to draw upon and this will be a struggle but I am used to that.

                    I think I should share a photograph or two now, to lighten the mood.

                    These are Purky bronze items 🙂

                    They are formed using unique Purky dies and texture forms then are sintered in the Purky kiln.
                    I then hand finish them to bring out the rich bronze tones.

                    At this point I should mention that my careful efforts to document and share my work online has brought me huge amounts of suppport that have made things much better.

                    Wonderful people on www.facebook.com/purkyproducts and www.facebook.com/magnificentmakersmarket have offered me wonderful feedback.

                    It will all be ok, it is just January.

                    Anyways folks, much love for now xx