|One of my crafty Pinterest boards|
This past spring I went on a studio tour of local artists in my town. I only went to two. I chose these two because I was most interested in their work and had very little time to spend. Luckily, they were both very near to me and each other. They were also fiber artists but very different from each other.
One was an art quilter with a very refined, but whimsical style. The other was a weaver who hand dyes some of her own yarns. Her style was much rougher, but in the way that makes you want to touch everything and gently squeeze it to feel the thickness and body of the work. The weaver had a loom set up on the front porch of her studio for anyone to give it a try. The quilter had her machine set up to show how she added texture to her work with intricate quilting.
I was struck by the openness and accessibility of these two women. I was invited into their homes as a friend. Each spent time with me individually and we had conversation. You know, the real kind. It started as their basic “welcome to my studio, this is what I do, feel free to look around” bit, but ended with us each learning something about the other.
Another thing happened. Each shared their passion for what they were doing and why they loved it or how they had come to love it. I also shared my idea of this blog and they were so encouraging. Passion can be contagious if you expose others to it.
That is what I want for you. I want to share my passion for helping you experience your own. Then I want you to do the same for others. Our passions do not need to be similar. I want to encourage you to pursue your ideas. Begin to pursue discovering your passion if you haven’t already. Experiment, look around, have fun, daydream, see what catches your eye on Pinterest. Here is how I found my passion and what I do with it.
Wondering where to start? Think back to how you played as a child. What did you love to do for hours on end? What couldn’t you get enough of? Start there and let me know how it goes.