My Path Here
Using what I have
I have been away from art for a while. Although having earned a degree in studio art, I have delayed working as an artist for the last few years. That was until 2019.
I wanted to start slow, and see if I could recommit myself to being creative. So, I decided to reintroduce myself to one of my favorite art mediums: textiles. I love weaving, feeling yarn and fibers between my fingers and intertwining them to create something beautiful.
With the knowledge that I have in weaving, I started building Fibers and Design. Using the tools that I had. I found some left over cardboard in a closet, some hot glue and a few other tools, and put together a loom for video tutorials with. After buying a few balls of yarn, I dressed the loom and started experimenting and developing content for my new project.
One woven square became two, then three. Getting back into the weaving rhythm took a little bit of time, but this series helped me gain the confidence to get creating again.
These surrounding images are from the very beginning of my metamorphosis- I call it that, because looking back at that time and who I am now, I have changed and I am (gradually) growing and blooming into who I want to become.
This (above) was the first piece I wove after years off the loom, and I knew then: “I’ve still got it!”
It was exciting to finally see my ideas come to life! And this moment really started to propel my confidence and creativity forward!
I have a Youtube Channel!
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“Sun in the sky, you know how I feel…”
“Sun in the sky, you know how I feel…”
Weaving the squares, learning how to build a website, and developing content was not easy. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I enjoy challenges and finding ways to improve myself.
Creating again to teach others weaving, made me feel good- and THIS motivated me to create more and more. Since building my cardboard loom, I have created over 30 tutorial videos and over 40 blog posts to teach others how to weave ( and I am still adding more!).
During this time, I have been working on my own art to find my own style and voice in my art. I think that my art style is always developing and changing in the different pieces I weave.
The best thing to come from this process was reconnecting with art. Making art a part of my daily life, whether through creating new tutorials or trying out a new design, has made me happier and excited to try new things and continue down this creative path.
(ABOVE: In order to save a lot of yarn, I wove most tutorials with same warp on these two frame looms.) (Sorry for the studio mess)
(ABOVE: Most of the frame looms I use are repurposed. I am always excited to find new material to use for creative purposes. After I brought it back home, I transformed it into one of the two main frame looms I use for tutorials and projects.)
Learning what I do not know
Over the past few months, I have learned a lot, not only about weaving, but also about myself and my motivation.
In order to create the Fibers and Design website, I had to learn how to build a website, analytics, and marketing- skills that I never had before. After working my day job, I came home and learned. I was hungry to learn so I ate as much information as I could take in. Eager to build more, I was so motivated to learn as much as I could (and still I am learning).
The amount of energy and effort that I have put into this small project demonstrated to me my level of dedication and care for it- so I knew that I had to keep on creating.
Here are a few tutorials from Fibers and Design
Teach others what I know
If you can help others learn something, why not share what you know?
Learning on my own taught me the importance of patience and creating value for my viewers and subscribers. With so much information online, I wanted Fibers and Design to be a helpful resource for other creators, but also demonstrate that I am a reliable source for creative tips and information.
I have worked mostly as a language instructor, so developing learning material and teaching weren’t as challenging as stepping out and showing my creative designs and ideas.
Showing your art can be vulnerable and it took time for me to be okay with sharing it publicly. You know, we all struggle with our own insecurities, and with time you break out of it. Everyone’s process is different and creating Fibers and Design helped ease me into sharing my art with others and continue this creative journey.
Hard Work and Challenges
One blog post, turned into two and then it slowly snowballed into more posts and videos. In the last year, I have spent most of my free time in the mornings before work, in the evenings after work and weekends brainstorming posts, developing and producing my own content to further build Fibers and Design.
With so much on my plate, I had to learn how to manage working on new content, finishing posts, and planning new projects to bring my growing audience on top of balancing my day job. This I still find challenging, but with more time I have learned to take things in stride and prioritize important tasks and manage my projects more efficiently.
I knew this would be hard work, but I didn’t know what I was really in for. But this experience has taught me a lot about myself and it has shown me that with hard work, something small can grow and shine.