Due to a few of life's unexpected hurdles and commitments, I've been taken away for a bit from my regular studio practice and writing consistently on this blog. Nothing major, just an inconvenient hurricane, and then volunteering for the TSA Symposium (Textile Society of America), of which the department where I work, was hosting. (For those of you who don't know, I work full time as a studio technician in the fibers dept. at SCAD in Savannah, GA.) Anytime, I take a detour from my personal studio practice and routine, I try to take time to reflect on where I am, and where I want to go next so I can confirm a clear set of goals to bring me back to focus and jump start my brain again. Today is such a day, and thanks for allowing me to share and care enough to read this so far.
As I sit here on my patio writing.....it is THIS that I am sure of: I am a creator, and feel fulfilled when I have a consistent studio practice. I started my Kecknits brand last year to motivate me to share my creations with others because I'm tired of creating just for me. Also, I have a growing collection of scarves, and I just can't keep them ALL. (Although, sometimes I want to...hee hee) I want to be on this journey with others who appreciate textiles, and understand the importance of using natural materials and the benefits of living a more sustainable life. For me, it's not just a business, but a platform for me to express my creative passion and be a better person by reevaluating what kind of foot print I leave behind me on this earth that we all share. I am far from perfect in that regard, but I am committed to being better. Living thoughtfully is who I strive to be, but I'm still learning how and trying to make baby steps toward this change.
I'm putting my heart on my sleeve a bit here......I have purposely surrounded myself with creative entrepreneurs who are on a similar path as me. Most of them are knitters, like me, and we are supporting each other on this journey. They motivate me to keep moving forward while encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and I'm so thankful for it. Sometimes I see their growth spurts, and I'm so proud of them because they are working so hard to accomplish their goals. I find myself feeling frustrated sometimes though, because my own growth feels so slow...but then I remind myself, that their journey is not MY journey. I'm not trying to make a full time living with my creations. I'm already in a full time job I love. I'm already working in my field and feel so lucky to be USING my MFA in Fibers and getting paid for it. I'm surrounded by a textile community 40 hours a week. I am already IN my dream job! This business venture for me is a side project and a platform for me to share my creativity with others. I don't want my passion of making textiles sit in the closet only for me! So, if you're reading this now, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to get to know me. It means so much me knowing I'm not alone on this creative journey. It's really fun for me to share, and when I'm in the studio I always think of the saying, If you do what you love, you never work a day in your life....or something like that....and I wholeheartedly agree! Thanks for listening!
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