Things have been busy here in the bunker.
Last month, Stockpile Designs was featured on Thrillist.com, which led to an overwhelming (but greatly appreciated) number of orders. I started spending full days at the shop, building lamps and designing furniture. After a few weeks, I had a wonderful and terrifying realization:
This is my job.
A year ago, I left my day job to focus on my design work. The giddy rush of independence was tempered by harsh realities of freelance existence: irregular pay, exorbitant insurance, and the hours wasted every week scrounging for gigs. It was slow going for a while, and sometimes it felt like Stockpile would never get further off the ground. When the orders finally started rolling in, I realized that for the first time Stockpile would be paying my rent. I was elated. The years put into this company, late nights spent with a sketchbook, even the scars on my hand from inexpert use of a chisel – they’d led to something fantastic.
And that’s where the terrifying part comes in. Running your own business is like flying an airplane you built yourself. If you make any mistakes, you’ll be lucky if your biggest problem is a broken jet. But every second you spend in the air is ten times more exciting than a second spent flying somebody else’s.
This blog is where I’ll make updates on new designs, new press, and the process of running a tiny business in New York. I imported posts from the old blogspot blog, which I wrote right after making my first few pieces.