I went to a conference that was for makers and crafters – Craftcation. I learned a lot and the one class that I got the most out of was the one that I had no expectations of at all.
To make a long story short, what brought me to Craftcation was first knowing that I needed to do something with my creative side that would help propel me forward in art and creating but also maybe teach me about the business side of it too. As much as I love my day job, ever since I was small the thing that sustains me is creativity and imagination and what you could bring to the world with those two things. I remember, one day long ago, looking out a window before I had to go to work and knowing I was going down a path that while seemed like a good fit on the outside, wasn’t where my heart and soul longed to go.
Now here I am, several years later, following the path that I want to go down. It’s funny how things work out – in your twenties, you think you have all the time in the world, but as you get into your fifties (argh – I’m in my fifties? Really?) you realize that time relentlessly moves forward and you can’t stop it. Not a new revelation, I know, but a series of events happened that brought me to the edge of the proverbial cliff and I realized if I didn’t do something about it now, I probably never would.
Craftcation is a place for people who make and craft can come together, meet each other and learn not only about creating things but also how the business side works as well. A friend of mine wanted to go and somehow we figured out a plan to make it work. I carefully perused the class list before it came out and signed up for a mix of classes – some creative ones and some that were more business oriented.
There was one session block where I wasn’t particularly excited about any of the classes by the description as I wasn’t sure they pertained to something I was interested in. So I signed up for a class called Mighty Ugly. In brief, it was a class that focused on the creative process and not the end product – the goal of the class was to make something ugly. I was piqued by the idea of this and signed up for the class.
Go figure. The class you think the least about when you sign up for it is the one that impresses it’s message on you the most. I LOVED this class.
The instructor, Kim Piper Werker was fantastic and walked her talk. I was inspired not only by her but by the other people in the class. I’ll go more into detail on another blog post about what happened at Craftcation and also in the Mighty Ugly class, but suffice it to say I was inspired enough to do another project that Kim Werker advocates and has tools for – A Year of Making.
She walks you through the process and shares her experience with it. She has an ebook that helps guide you through the process. I love her take on this as it isn’t about agonizing about what you’re going to make, it is about making something – bake some cookies, draw a doodle, sew on a button, it’s all good. She also helps you discover what is important to you.
I also am reading and doing the exercises out of her book, Make It Mighty Ugly. I’ve wrote enough for this blog post, but I’ll let you know how it is going. She asks questions that I found I really had to think about to answer.
I’m tired of being in that zone of “what if?” I’m always second guessing myself and not doing what I want to do because…well, a lot of reasons, but a lot of them have to do with failure.
So I am boldly going forward, doing A Year of Making and trying to get to the heart of what I want to do creatively.
If you’re a creative person, someone who makes things, you should check Kim Werker out. I think you will find it worth your while.
Kim Werker: kimwerker.com
And Craftcation? TOTALLY worth it. If you have a chance to go, you should. Craftcation was started by two amazing women, Delilah Snell and Nicole Stevenson, who have a blog called Dear Handmade Life. It’s a great blog and the information for Craftcation is there.
Dear Handmade Life: dearhandmadelife.com
I am starting A Year of Making today, April 5, 2015. I love, love, love Photoshop but often times don’t let myself just play around in it…so this is what I made for today: