Part IV. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?

I Embraced Vulnerability. And Started A Blog. My Story.

Part IV. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media

Welcome to the final part of a IV part series on vulnerability.

Through this series I’ve tried to share with you what vulnerability can mean to us artists as we struggle to define ourselves in the creative space and build small businesses that, let’s be real, are direct reflections of us and our hearts.


In part I of this series, Virginia (AKA The Happy Artisan) shared with us her concerns about diving into social media as someone aspiring to build a creative business.

In part II of this seriesMary Williams of Creating to Love shared with us what it is like as someone who jumped in and embraced vulnerability from the start.

In part III of this series, Lisa Hetrick of IndigoJade Creative and IndigoJade Art shared with us how she navigates social media as a business owner and creative who for years has helped small businesses tell their story.

And in this final part I share my story and how vulnerability led me to start this blog.

I hope you enjoy. Here’s to being vulnerable!


 

Okay guys, I’m finally doing it. I’m finally sitting down to write this blog post on vulnerability. I’m pushing that big old ego aside that has been telling me not to share, that has been dwelling in fear, and I’m diving in.

Before the Blog

I’ve never been a particularly outgoing person. As a child I adopted the approach to life that it was best to just blend in to the background…to not draw attention to myself. I learned to be a good listener versus a talker because that was safe. Continue reading “Part IV. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?”

Fear, Change and Getting it Done with Rebekah Strunz

 Rebekah moved from Australia to Nepal while creating her first collection. See how she did it.

Fear, Change and Getting It Done with Rebekah Strunz

I met Rebekah a few months ago when she posted in a Facebook group we both belong to. In the post she said that she was thinking of starting a blog to get her new collection out there, but was anxious about going public. I volunteered to interview her here on the blog, in the hopes that it would help her ease into the blogging world.

Little did I know how wonderful it would be working with her, and how much her story and creative process would inspire me. I hope you enjoy this interview. I think you will find a lot in Rebekah’s words that resonate with you.


 

Please tell us a little bit about your background as an artist and how you got into surface pattern design.

In 2011 I moved from my home in Newcastle, Australia to the Blue Mountains, which is a very relaxed, artsy community full of vibrant, colorful people. I fell in with a group of patchworkers, learning to sew and quilt, and that’s when my love affair with patterns and fabric began.

It wasn’t until I read an interview with Rachael Taylor in Mollie Makes magazine that I realized surface pattern design actually existed. It blew me away to realize that actual people, just like me, were designing the beautiful fabrics I was fawning over! I searched online to see if there were any courses I could take, and came across the International School of Colour and Design (ISCD).

I remember attending an info session at the school and standing there crying as I realized this is where I wanted to be, and this is what I wanted to do. The next day I enrolled. During my 18 months at ISCD I learned a lot about surface pattern design and, more importantly, started to explore and discover myself as an artist. This is a process I’m still working through and hope will never end!

I finished school in 2013 and over the years found myself straying from design as different things happened in my life. However, something continued drawn me back to pattern design and a few months ago I made the decision that I want to be a designer. I made the commitment to pursue my passion with passion! Continue reading “Fear, Change and Getting it Done with Rebekah Strunz”

The Story Behind the Pattern with Sam Merrill

Today I am thrilled to share with you the work of surface pattern designer, Sam Merrill. I first came across Sam’s work when I saw a pattern she created for her Agatha Christie, poisonous plants collection.  I was taken by the art deco style of the pattern and loved that she was using something so unique, so dark and so mysterious as cyanide to inspire her craft. I knew right away I had to interview Sam to find out find out more about her creative process and the role storytelling plays in her work.

The Story Behind the Pattern with Sam Merrill

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