At work, I have club “Creative Collections” where a batch of like minded people (usually women) get together for arts and crafts. My employer, a large defense contractor, supports clubs with money. And we spend that money on art supplies and art classes. Mostly we teach each other new skills, call it professional development, and buy the supplies for the class. It is amazing how many people are happy to teach a small class. Everyone has fun; it is a great break from the workday.
Last week, there was a class on tying headpins for jewelry. Basically you create a loop in wire and then wrap the end around the bottom of the loop. Picture below illustrates this. My part in the class was finding the teacher (easy because there are so many volunteers), making sure that person can get the supplies, help them do the paperwork of getting riembursed, get an attendance sheet, find a conference room, and send out a notice. Probably 30 minutes of work total spread over a several week period. Not a big deal.
But a lot of people seem to think this is a big deal. Probably because it is fun, it is nice to go home from a class with a new pair of earings or two, and the company is really good. We laugh. But I feel I get more out of the classes than I put into them. Not just a pair of earrings and friendship; I get inspiration for new projects. For example, at this class I started playing with wire and beads. Two days later, I have 10 new pairs of earrings, ideas on how to make many more earings, and even some bigger projects. The inspiration was realizing that I can use the wire as a focal point, not just as a support structure. While the first few earings are not perfectly matched, they are good enough to wear with pride. And the possibilities with different color, weight, and shape of the wire offer many great artistic challenges. Was talking with Liz last night. She’s getting almost done with school. Onnly two more weeks and she graduates from college. Only 1.5 weeks and she’s done with classes. Only 1.5 weeks and I get to go on a roadtrip to New Mexico. Hurray. As part of our conversation, Liz said “I’ll help you find home for those earrings.” And she will gladly take more of my jewelery. Thank goodness. I can make jewelery faster than I can wear it. So Liz, tell me which ones you want. And if someone else wants a pair, let me know. I’ll be glad to give you a pair or two also. Would enjoy swapping earings for postcards.