Today’s March Meet the Maker is my post from two years ago because part of my annual #routine is to do #marchmeetthemaker - and today’s prompt it Routine! I know there’s a bit of a repeat here but I like the way I wrote this two years ago - it says it better!
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Day 7 of #MarchMeetTheMaker is 'How and why'..... well...
Take a seat people, this is a long one!
I've always been a #maker, I've always loved #art. At the ripe old age of thirty I finally did an art degree where I discovered, to my utter disappointment, that I was not a painter, in fact I'm not really 2D at all. I am a 3D type of person, I think in the round, my instinct is to build - from #textiles, from organic matter such as mud and/or waste materials. Scroll forward a bit further and reality of earning a living with two small children kicks in so I train to teach art and textile - which I absolutely love. But this leaves me no time to make work which is ok cause so far I've not found my forte. Move forward another decade and the workload, the poor work/life balance and artistic frustration find me with long term #depression, a real #blackdog - which I find increasingly difficult to shift and making impossible to continue full time teaching. My departure from teaching comes 1 month after I attend a #needlefelting class with #JenniferBarnett (I made a #donkey). And it was love at first stab. I often describe it as a 'coming home' because its the art form that I've been looking for all of my life. And I'd found it - aren't I lucky? Within no time at all (supported by several part time jobs) I find I've gone into business, almost by mistake - people asking me to do demos, to teach, to make #kits and #commissions etc. It's been a whirlwind - and it's not over yet, folks!! .
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