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I'm Eni Oken, artist and author of hundreds of articles, tutorials and books in print and online. For over 30 years I've explored art, color theory, fantasy and ornamental design.

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What would you do if you won the lottery?

I don’t usually go on an out of topic tangent like this, but here is a question that came to my mind today about pleasure and work: if tomorrow you won the lottery and didn’t have to work for money anymore, would you still make jewelry? What would you do different in jewelry making?

Of course, this is directed only to those who make a living making jewelry, not those who have it as hobby, because then it’s assumed that you do it because it’s your passion (if not, find another hobby, less expensive, LOL!).

I think the majority of us will answer an uncondicional YES.

If tomorrow I came into a situation where I no longer needed to produce income, I would STILL do exactly what I am doing right now. I would still make one-of-a-kind or limited production jewelry pieces; I would still create tutorials; I would still dwell on how to create with different techniques with my medium of choice and hey, I would still spend two hours answering email questions every morning!!! Now tell me, how many people can be THAT LUCKY!?

I believe that our profession as jewelry artists is one of the lucky ones: we enter it not because of the money or the success – there are other more profitable and recognizable careers – but we enter it because we ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

And if you are not totally in love with it right now, what is it that you would do differently, that you aren’t doing right now?

The only thing I can think of, personally, is: perhaps I would make my office space “cuter”, maybe add a very large flat screen monitor to my computer and some painted fun furniture. I guess can think of making that a medium/long term goal for the next year or two!!!

How about you? :-)

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