It was a grey old day yesterday and I think some of the grim grey seeped in to my bones.
I did some maths while we were aqua-planeing, in the pouring rain down the motorway, on the way home from Birmingham…
UK minimum wage 2011 £6.08 per hour
35 hour week £212.80 per week
52 weeks in the year £11,065.60 per annum
less tax and national insurance £8,299.20 – as approximately 25% taken in deductions
Required income per month £ 691.60 – as according to above, this is what you officially need to ‘survive’
So a miniaturist would need to make and SELL (!!!) goods to the value of £691.60 per month in order to ‘survive’
This is before cost of materials has been deducted
To exhibit at Miniatura would take nearly half a month’s income – £300 per table (!!!)
The actual audience at a fair is very limited in size – even if it is keenly interested
End result – Miniatura is pricing themselves out of existence
Also, the poor miniaturist now has to churn out so much stock, in order to ‘survive’, that quality and spontaneity is bound to suffer
In addition to which, there are now so many imports, usually made on an industrial scale in China, that the expectation of what prices should be is, in reality, completely unrealistic.
I then lay awake for most of the night and worried about the maths…
Which, of course, means that I am in no state to make anything today…