I’ve started taking some short videos showing how I weave and the process that goes into it, especially all the prep work. I’ve also done a couple videos of the shellac process on my paintings. I post them on Instagram, and I’ve also started posting them on YouTube. I just got that all set up, so subscribe to my channel if you want updates.
At first, I was really nervous about doing videos and I procrastinated for a long time. Like, a year. I had read a lot of established weavers who were really into “efficiency”, and they said that if you weren’t efficient, you were NOT A REAL WEAVER and you’d never really be good. Some of their posts were really harsh and got into my head. I was so worried I’d post some videos and all the comments would be about how I’m doing everything wrong. I’m self-taught, which compounds my insecurity! But so far, everyone has been really kind, so obviously my fears were all in my head (duh).
But I realized something while I was working recently. I enjoy doing things at a comfortable pace that a lot of people would call slow. I want to take my time. When I try to get faster and experiment with all those “efficient” ways of doing things, I make more mistakes. I start to get stressed out about speed instead of just relaxing and being happy that I’m doing what I love.
So I’m saying it, loud and proud: I like taking my time. I like going slowly. I like doing it right the first time and taking an extra minute to double check my work at every stage. I enjoy my slow process, even if it’s a little less efficient.
I have some exciting news! I was accepted into the Ashland Art Works gallery in Ashland, Oregon, to show my weaving. (I’m totally superstitious, so I didn’t want to say anything until it really started.) This is my first month, and we were open for the First Fridays Art Walk. Even though it was raining, a lot of people came out, and I even sold a few things! It’s a great start to what I hope will be a long relationship with the gallery.