Wow, here I am. Writing my very first blog post. I realize that most people started their blogs almost a decade ago, but I like to consider myself retro-cool. Everyone else has moved on to twitter and snapchat and things I probably haven't even heard of yet, but I'm going to try this old-school blogging thing. I know you're wondering why on earth I've waited so long. Really, I'm wondering the same thing myself. I make things, lots of things out of lots of different materials, and I sell them. "Tell your story" all the business blogs advise me (I may not have written a blog, but I have read a lot of them!)...connect to your customers, tell them about your inspiration. I just never got it...I make things because I need to. It's the way I've experienced this world since I was a little girl...I take raw materials and turn them into something new. Along the way the raw materials have changed from crayons to paint to clay to fiber to found objects and back again, but the objective has always been the same. To discover myself and explore my relationship to the world by making things. I just could never figure out how to put that into words. Every time I tried the results always sounded so contrived....inspiration is much more fleeting and elusive to me...a moment, a breeze, the feeling of anticipation, the nostalgia of childhood...if I try to pin it down and express it in rational terms it just floats away. I'm much more interested in magic and mystery and the journey.
Recently I've had the opportunity to tell two stories. One in a digital story-telling workshop, and one as a magazine article. One about my life, and the other about my art. Once I was forced to sit down and hash it out I realized that I did have stories to tell, though maybe in a different way than the business experts might suggest. And even more shocking...I liked writing! And maybe I don't have to explain my entire reason for being...I can just share the smaller stories. moments in time, my random thoughts (of which there are many!) things I think are cool. So here I am, writing my first blog post, sharing my little stories and perhaps discovering something new about myself.