A friend I met on Facebook, who owns a creative arts studio, has been asking me to teach some classes. I haven't summoned up my courage to teach a class yet, but hopefully will summon the courage soon. She also wants me to join the Art Collaborative of Wakefield, a group of locally based artisans. I have put it off for some time, but am now, really considering joining. I am hopefully going to meet a bunch of people who are part of the collaborative on Saturday.
I am still nervous that I am not enough of an "artist". If anything, I consider myself a handcraft artisan. But, in reality, I don't know that I feel like an artist or an artisan. I wonder if I am still just thinking that this is a hobby but I want it to be more. I want to make it more of a central part of my life.
With that being said, I think a large part of my issue is time. I have 3 kids, a husband, a house, a part time social work job, and making handcrafted items. I spend way too much time on the computer and not enough time doing what I should be doing. I plan to unplug for a little bit. I am only join to use Facebook for when I need to communicate with others and that is my only means. I have enough projects that I can work on, I don't need to look for more. I plan to quickly blog, but no spend too much time reading blogs. I plan to limit myself to maybe an hour a day and that is a lot. The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be too addicting. no more spending hours on pinterest and pinning things that I never actually work on. I will still go on pinterest, but will again limit my time.
My hope is that if I spend more time creating and less time pretending to create (by being on the computer looking for things to create), I will start to feel more like an artisan and not just a hobby crafter! Maybe then I won't feel like I don't belong in the collaborative.