14/11/2010 by Sarah Ritchie
Many years ago Simon and I established a retail gift shop in rural south Auckland (New Zealand). The business lasted only nine months and I said “never again retail”. The mantra of “location, location, location” must have passed us by during “Retail 101”.
Buying giftware for the shop was a constant challenge. Items we thought would sell well sometimes didn’t, and items we thought were marginal turned out to be a great hit! In the end we just bought what WE liked and hoped for the best! We realised we could not predict (much to the detriment of our bottom line) what other people thought was “lovely” or “desirable”.
Keeping this inevitable subjectivity in mind, when I write about “beautiful things”, I am conscious that I am highlighting what is beautiful to ME. For any one of innumerable reasons you may not agree – and that is just fine. You may not like my paintings either. You know, that’s OK too. Fortunately I have started to put my old fear of rejection behind me, where I can now say “that’s OK”, and 99% of me means it.
I have learned – the hard way – that art, beauty and design comes in 1001 flavours for a world full of ice-cream lovers. Not everyone will concur about beauty. Not everyone likes the same things (thankfully)…and that’s wonderfully, diversely, OK.