Today is gray and rainy, so it has been nice to immerse myself in all the pictures from the Spring Makery this past Sunday. It was 75°F and sunny—one of those days where it is so perfect out that the air itself feels alive and full of possibilities. I was up early preparing and packing dishes for the Spring Makery, which would be the first of what I hoped would be a series of creative craft workshops and dinner events in Virginia. To be honest, I was feeling a little unsure about how it would go—did I have enough food, would people be happy with the food, would the oven work, would I get everything set up in time? As I walked out the door that morning and caught the scent of spring flowers in the air, I felt optimistic that I was doing exactly what I should be. By the time I got home that evening, I was certain of it.
It takes faith to put your work out there. Faith that it will all come together, that what you are trying to say as an artist will be received (and welcomed) by others. Along those same lines, it takes trust to invest in something that is the first. Something still unproven. Each person who bought a ticket, the event partners and sponsors were doing just that—putting their faith in me and this little creative event I had planned. They were each an integral part of the small collective of makers that I wanted to bring together through this gathering. Meeting all these wonderful people, eating with them, and sharing food and ideas with them—the community—made the Spring Makery a success….