America Fuck Yeah!
Happy Independence Day to you AND to ME!
I know every time i get around to posting something like this I ramble and whine about how i'm, soooo busy and I promise to try to be better and blah blah blah i'm just a big whiny baby... But, like, let me tell you a quick story.
The past 18 months have been crazy, first all the excitement of being a partner in a new company, The Imagine Corp. Getting it set up, learning about new machines and manufacturing process, learning how to keep the factory running, building amazing relationships with amazing people, making stuff, selling stuff, shipping stuff. It was awesome, fun, educational, rewarding and amazing for so many reasons.
Then... THEN!!! it wasn't.
For reasons i won't get into here, The Imagine Corp. suffered a huge blow in November.
We were left in a terrible position and I was left holding the bag. Life got real heavy, real fast.
I ended running every aspect of the daily business and business wasn't good. When i signed up for this adventure i though my role was to make shit and manage making shit, i ended up eating a lot of shit. Even though it was a huge bummer I kept showing up and we kept pushing forward and after dealing with a lot of stuff that wasn't fun we were able to bring a little balance back to the company. During all the turmoil i learned a lot about myself, what i CAN handle and what i WANT to handle.
Turns out i can't handle certain stresses of owning this type of business. To paraphrase a great friend of mine "it is extremely hard to run a business, have people working for you, etc and still retain some kind of moral tranquility and not be a cut-throat business-minded type person" I was losing sleep, sanity and life over things that every "successful businessperson" i've spoken with (and i spoke to a lot) attempted to reassure me were completely normal things that happen every day.
"It's just business, don't take it personal"... seems this is a sentiment that i am incapable of living.
So it is with both great excitement and great sadness that i am now leaving The Imagine Corp.
I am sad to be leaving the employees and friends I've made, but I've done my best to leave the company in a position where it can go on without me at the helm. This is not a complete divorce i will remain involved creatively just not as a daily managing member.
I am excited to be able to think again, be creative again, make again.
I'm going to focus on being a full time Brutherford, trying to do as much design work as possible, so if any of you reading this have bones to throw... get to throwing. Did you know that I'm a Pratt trained, award winning, Industrial designer? I also entered college as a painting major (you definitely didn't know that) Maybe I'll Paint something!
If you've been paying attention to my sporadic release of images and information, you may have noticed that I've been picking up the pace on my own toy production and releases again.
You might have seen that I'm finally making some progress on the floating spray cans.
...and that i made one in to a wall sconce for the upcoming Clutter custom show.
You might have also noticed the i finally finished up some Pewter Ice Scream Minis and theyre now available at www.brutherford.com .
OH Yeah and i'm working on some silly custom pieces for the next show at Suburban Vinyl.