I find myself a part of an industry I didn’t even know I should aspire to be a part of until about this time last year.. That may not have made sense, but remember, I write like I talk and I don’t talk right, so here we find ourselves. Finding ourselves can be tricky…! haha! Moving on
I attended the Association for Creative Industries’ convention in Arizona last weekend and I had the time of my life! It is called Creativation, like Creative Innovation or Creative Exploration or Creative I-Never-Want-to-Leave-ATION……
Imagine creatives from all over the WORLD getting together to discuss art and creation and networking and business in a mutually beneficial and supportive way! And then add on looking at pretty things you want to steal, making new talented friends and not being responsible for keeping three tiny humans alive for five days – and you have found my paradise! I didn’t want to leave.
I attended amazingly informative classes and seminars and workshops. I met people who weren’t weirdly competitive but EAGER to share their wealth of knowledge and expertise. I was buoyed up and placed among a group of creatives that I feel far exceed my talent and then told that I am on par with them.
I wish I could spend the time to be more specific and give you a play by play of my time in Arizona but I am not sure that that would be beneficial on this platform (please please email me if you want specific questions asked and answered and we can go at it that way.)
WHAT I NEED TO TALK ABOUT is NOT the incredible information I walked away with or the amazing new friends I have in my life now or the goals I have made for the new year – though I could spend days boring you with every amazing detail and forcing you to know just how blessed and lucky I am to have experienced it all!
I want to discuss the INDUSTRY…
I am not “from” the craft industry much as the many people I met that had been in the craft industry for years, decades! I am not even from the “art” industry per say… However, I am an artist. I am a creator. I am proud to call myself these things. It is part of my identity. It made me so very happy to see so many crafters using “art” techniques and then folks like me, with “art” backgrounds, finding their crafter’s voice and embracing it. I love to see art supplies being used by crafters and craft supplies being used by artists. Because at the end of the day, is there even a huge difference between artist and crafter?! And if so, WHY!? Why must there be a difference? Why the attitude? I want to see more mom-and-pop and brick-and-mortar craft stores selling art supplies. More art stores embracing a crafting culture. Isn’t the ultimate goal to inspire customers, people, friends, loved ones? To encourage creation and the cathartic release one gets from making something with our hands?
I saw more blend of the two worlds than I expected to see and this made my soul scream with joy. Talking with individuals at my Spellbinders demo table about this concept and the blending of the two industries was met with excitement to learn and embrace the other.
I came away from my weekend feeling more drive to create in uncomfortable ways. Weird? No!
Comfort slows my evolution process. Discomfort stretches my mind.
I want to evolve.
I feel that art evolves my soul and my personality and then in turn evolves those around me.
I cant wait to begin playing with new media and developing my “crafter’s voice” at the same time. I am a crafter and an artist and they make me happy. Creation makes me happy.
Also – I am waaaay too self aware and this blog post would have probably been easier and fun to read had I talked about the show and all it’s pretty booths and make-and-take projects! OH WELL!