So... I have a question for your ladies. I realize most of you are probably digital crafters only and have never known the difference but I'd still appreciate any input/opinions on the topic.
I grew up like most of you, I'm sure with a journal of sorts... whether writing only as diary type or a scrapbook type with photos sort of thing through the 70's and early 80's. In the late 80's, early 90's I jumped in the deep end of traditional paper scrapbooking as we know it now. Of course that led to digital scrapping, mixed media arts and now art journaling.
So... all that to say... As artist in memory preservation whatever form that has taken for most of us. I have watched over the last 3-5 years the entire "local" market for art supplies deplete. What I mean by local isn't specifically to my town/city but to everyone's towns/cities. Almost every LSS I know of has went out of business. What we had left was pretty much Michaels, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, Jo-Ann's and Archivers for scrapbook or other creative art products. I know there are a couple more like Blicks for artist, can't think of the others right now.
These are my thoughts... I'm concerned that the digital age (although it has brought about some AWESOME things I wouldn't want to do without) is bringing about a collapse of the tangible product and way of doing art. I realize the economy has played a huge role in some of this. But for example. I live in a state capital and I'm within driving range of 2-3 hours of 3 MAJOR city hubs Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Raleigh, NC and I also travel through several other MAJOR city hubs: Nashville, TN; Little Rock, AR; Birmingham, AL just to name and few and almost every single one of those places went from 10 LSS at least to ONE if they are lucky and most have NONE left. Not to mention that most of the AC Moores have went out of business and NOW Archivers, the ONLY major SB store will be closing ALL their doors by the middle-end of February. I also hear rumors that Hobby Lobby may not be far behind due to the legal battles of this insurance stuff. And all the other name brand stores have all MINIMIZED their stock and the type of products they carry to a very limited supply.
This is my question: Do you think that before long we will no longer have a physical artistic outlet? Do you think it will only be digital? Do you think the industry will every recover from the technological advances in the digital market? I quess overall I'm just curious where others think this is leading to?
Sorry so long... but I wanted to try to explain my thoughts as best I could. Please share your thoughts on the subject no matter how small you think it is as I'm really interested in others opinions.