As 60 came and went on my birthday calendar, I started wondering, “What’s next?”
Recently I had the opportunity to attend, with a dear friend from my Washington, DC, years, BeadFest Philadelphia, sponsored by Interweave, which publishes inspirational arts and crafts books and sponsors fabulous showcases and workshops. I signed up for two workshops during BeadFast—Felted Bangles with Carol Cypher, and Painting with Fire with Barbara Lewis.
Oh, my. To say I walked away inspired after this weekend is a gross understatement.
My sons and daughter-in-law have been preaching “Follow your passion” to me for a number of years. My grandson and granddaughter suggest I could go to Michael’s and teach people how to do [whatever my current project is].
My mental wanderings while torching metal and dipping it into enamel brought me to this conclusion: I love learning new art forms and techniques. When I describe my latest project to friend or acquaintance, I light up. And I can see that light emanating from me.
What I want to do—to follow this passion—is teach others. I want to teach the projects I’m working on or that people express interest in learning. And I want to offer kits and supplies for people to take away to solidify their learning experience.
Silk dyeing, felting, bead crochet, knitting pattern-deciphering for beginners, off-loom bead weaving, sewing, bag-making, …. These are techniques that I understand that are not really taught around here.
And the more I think about the possibilities, the more excited I get.
So where do I go from here?
I think I continue gathering ideas while I search for studio space where spilled dye doesn’t matter, and where I can gather like-minded individuals who love to learn, and who are willing to pay me to teach them.
For those of you who are regular readers of my personal blog, Amazing Adventures, that site will not be going away. It has its own purpose.
The purpose of this site is to talk about and share my latest projects and ideas about the art of fine craft.