Fair Planning Committee
Cher Maybee (Barn Anew Bed and Breakfast) and I last Oct. at the fair
Not pictured, Peggy Wells, Brown Sheep Co.
Anyway, my coworker asked me why was I putting myself through the stress of all of this (the fair planning, the grant writing, the meetings, the coordinating, and on and on...) She wanted to genuinely understand because this is a voluntary activity and she knows how busy I am already. We had visited in the past about how I was trying find a balance between all of it and that I was having to choose carefully the parts of this industry that I want to be involved in the most, because I couldn't do them all, nor would I want to try. She simply didn't see the point of the fiber fair if it was going to be that much work.
I sat back in my chair for a minute and took a very long, deep breath. It was a fair question. I wanted to give an honest answer. It didn't take long before I smiled and said something like "Well, because it makes me feel good to know that I was instrumental in creating something that touches so many people's lives in so many different ways."
She sat down and asked me what I meant..."In what ways does it touch people's lives?" Well at that point I gave her a rather detailed list of what I thought and felt. And I'll share all of that with you as we go along this year planning the next fair.
But in the meantime...
I'd like to hear from you. Why? Because I thought it would be helpful, valuable, and inspirational for those that have not been touched by the bug, the knitting or crocheting, weaving, spinning, felting and so on bug, to hear from those that have!
Have you been to a fiber fair or festival? Did you get to go to the Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair last October at FARM? What was your experience(s)? Are you planning on going this year? What are you most looking forward to? How does being involved in fiber art touch your life? Your partner's life? Your children? You get the idea...And if you are involved in other art mediums or creative endeavors, please share your thoughts!
I will be offering a class at Prairie Arts Studio beginning March 20th called Mindful Knitting. You can read more about it to the right under Current Class Schedule (March/April 2010 PAS Classes). I want to understand from each of your perspectives how creativity enhances your world. These are just some of the things we will be exploring in that class.