In addition to the interactive crafting that ensued, Faythe held a seminar where she lectured on ‘Craftivism’, her work and travels (examples include urban camping in Detroit and a boathouse community on the Mississippi River), and how to build your business. The audience consisted of spinners, musicians, teachers, artists, gardeners, knitters, quilters, and makers of all kinds. The open conversation allowed everyone in the group to share their successes, ideas, struggles, and journeys both inside and outside of the creative “industry.”
Faythe began, “A creative community became the foundation of what I do now.” Likewise, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of community and of having- or making- the opportunity to engage with others in a creative environment.
As a creator, Faythe noted how to build those connections within a community: sharing the story, documenting the process, and placing value on good design. For a mind that is focused on design and creating, sometimes it’s hard to sit down to the tedious task of book keeping. In fact, it can be one of the most difficult tasks for any business owner. However, everyone agreed that in order to have a successful business, it must be done and done well.
Using very true words, Faythe stated that craft is very approachable. It becomes a gateway for conversation, because everyone has a story. Even if you, yourself, don’t ‘make’, there is always someone you know who does.
The conversation was relaxed and open. We balanced the business topics with the creative discussion. Faythe talked about why she blogs and how the internet helps us develop relationships with other artists and designers. Similar thoughts enter my mind as I continue to grow my business and embrace community. Making with a political agenda and learning a trade versus pursuing an academic career are a few of the many interesting conversations that could have gone on for hours.
Faythe left us inspired and motivated to absorb and share all that we learned.
A big THANK YOU to Faythe for sharing her work, ideas, and talents with us (and for the amazing “surprise balls.” We enjoyed opening and unraveling them at our weekly studio meeting).
We look forward to your next project, The Sign Painter Movie, and hope to see you back in the Shoals soon.