I am so excited to finally have a place to record our conversations about inspirations, challenges, and what’s going on in our lives as makers! I’ve needed this! Until now, something might inspire me while I’m on the street and I’ll photograph it and that image lives on my virtual camera roll trapped between pictures of my dog, Riggins, sleeping in the sun and… more pictures of him sleeping in other adorable positions. Maybe I talk to someone about an intriguing project or process they are exploring, and I’ll write a few words in my “Notes” on my phone. I have images of art and craft saved in different Instagram collections. I have Pinterest folders called “Do It Myself”, “Art”, “Crafts for the Nieces and Nephews”, “Inspirations”, and more. Until now, I’ve just lacked a singular place to document both my own processes and inspirations, as well as our conversations about them (which, let’s admit, are always encouraging and often hilarious). Gone are the days of ol’ when we were there to encourage each other to get into trouble and make questionable choices because they’d make for good stories (what was that one about the cowboy and the broom closet???). I love the story of our friendship and am so lucky to have you as a cheerleader in my corner. I’m also grateful for having this spot to hold ourselves accountable as artists and makers.
And away… we… GO!
A few days ago, I came across an Instagram account called Embellished Talk (https://www.instagram.com/embellishedtalk/) and now all I want to do is make embellished clothes, brooches, hats, dog collars, etc. I tend to get pulled down Instagram rabbit holes, which often lead to me taking classe in a crazy variety of subjects, while making a million trips to our local craft store, Collage. When I’m in Collage, I see other shiny things and end up leaving with five things I never knew I needed, with the idea of “I’m sure I’ll have the need for this at SOME point”. I was very focused today, though, and stuck to the idea of purchasing beads, sequins, ribbons, and embellishments to make a few experimental brooches. All of my purchases fit into a medium brown bag! Aren’t you proud?