So, I am kinda counting this month as done, even though it’s the 30th
Month in review: There was the end of the Whimsical Rings class at Santa Monica; There was the beginning and subsequent end of an Introduction to Metal Clay class at GCC. In the middle, were school things for my daughter, a new haircut, my birthday, Mother’s Day and most recently Memorial Day. THOSE are just the highlighted “events”. Good times all over!
I am so appreciative of all the b-day love. I got cards and messages . . . a home cooked meal and flowers from Suzanne (Belandaria Designs). There was candy, cinnamon rolls and purple flowers from Shirlee and Chris (Enchanted Chic); wine from Rachel Waugh (Director at Crafted); and wine from Deb Marjanen (former student and now friend). Of course my fav gift and moments were the ones that involved my daughter and a funny phone call the – day after – from my son . I got a lovely journal from my daughter and a gift certificate for tools, from my son. I treated myself to dinner at my favorite restaurant too! I love me some Tokyo Waco! I had a lovely week . . . a lovely month!
I mention Suzanne and Shirliee and Chris and Rachel and Deb, because I love them and they are my friends and I really experienced that on my birthday! Suzanne was awesome enough to mention me in her recent blog about a similar feeling …. which gave me the additional impetus to speak about my community.
On my birthday, there was an event at Crafted and I was there. Several people asked “Wouldn’t you rather be someplace else?” Without much hesitation, I said ‘No’. The hesitation was the brief desire for a cruise with my children…but barring that, I could not have imagined doing much else on my birthday. [I did take Mother's Day off and as luck would have it, my daughter was sick, so I did one of the things I do well, took care of her.] On Memorial Day, I opted to work at the stores. Again, a few people asked “Wouldn’t you rather be at the beach . . . a bbq . . . a party?” And with no hesitation I said “Naw. I’m happy here.”
Here’s the thing, I love being at my stores. The more I am there, the more opportunity there is to talk about the medium I work in, share my work and it’s intent, meet new people and spend time with my friends – who make up my community.
Up until opening the stores at Crafted, I was a solitary artisan and kind of a hermit. I took a class here and there, I spent time at my daughter’s school functions and I ventured out to a few craft fairs over the years, but that was about it. While I met a bunch of people, most of those relationships have been acquaintanceships.
Since I’ve been hanging out at Crafted, I have developed some great friendships. There are many fellow store owners that I have a lot in common with. We laugh a lot, we tell funny stories about our lives and our studio injuries . . . our interactions. We share our work; we consult . . . new ideas are born and manifest. There is nothing more exciting than running to a friends store with an idea and sharing the glee!
On the interwebs, Merriam-Webster defines “community” [in part] as:
: a unified body of individuals: as
c : an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location
I find ‘community’ in classes as well. I spend, any where from 6 – 24 hours with an artist in a class. I learn a lot . . . hopefully the artists I play with do as well. I am forever inspired and new ideas have been born and manifest. I have developed some lovely new friendships! It’s delightful that no matter the weather or how tired I might feel, when a class is done for the day, I feel so energized! And when class is over for the semester/quarter, I feel sort of melancholy.
Much of community and friendship building is about time…. it’s about tending relationships . . . it’s about an energy exchange. It is certainly easier to tend relationships when you spend a lot of time with someone.
I love being at Crafted. I love meeting people! When I am not playing with my daughter or playing in a class, there is no better place I’d rather play – except maybe a cruise .
Where do you find community? How do you tend the garden of your friendships?
Come to Crafted….. meet my community. It’s pretty big and filled with good things.
Things coming up and places to find me:
•June 6 begins a new 8 week series at Otis College of Art and Design. Here is a link to learn more: http://bit.ly/118cC6l
•June 8 & 9 is PMCC Level 1 – go here to learn more: http://bit.ly/YSxcbT
•June 18 – Santa Monica College – Intro to PMC – learn more here: http://bit.ly/10AEWlj
•June 23 – Mini-Intro at Crafted – register here: http://bit.ly/12nAMcX that link will take you directly to a PayPal page to pay the fee and register for the class. If you need more information, email me: email@example.com
Next week I will chat about the lack of separation between “work” and “life” . . . it’s a good thing!
Now…. Go make something… you know you want to. Below are pictures of new work, presents and good times from the last month.