Do you ever think about how you started doing something you love? Whether it be cooking or sewing or clay bird shooting(!) or dirt bike riding?
I sometimes like to look back on where I started to see how far I’ve come – particularly if I’m having a hard time making something work such as a new technique I’m trying to master, or a piece that just isn’t coming together they way I want it to.
As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I was very lucky growing up to have an artistic mother so I was exposed to lots and lots of different mediums and creative ventures. Predominantly a potter, I can tell you anything you want to know about the process from start to finish just from what I watched mum do. Sadly, it aint my thing and clay does not do what I want it to, so I might know how to do it but you’re not going to see me do it! I’ve also watched her paint, gone to night classes with her as a pre-teen/teen and learnt spinning, weaving, sewing and have also taken her to a couple in my late teens – calligraphy (love it!).
Mum was(is) also big on library books and there was a ready source available where I learnt to do lots of things – batik, macramé, bone-carving – I’d almost forgotten about this until I recently found the carved heart I made at 17!
But my one true creative love .. jewellery design and creation did not start until 4 years ago when I happened to take birthday girl Maria (then 7) and her mum to the local bead shop to make a necklace each as a fun girlie treat. One simple floaty necklace later I was hooked and the next week was back to buy a kit. The rest, as they say, is history – lots and lots of playing, making, experimenting and learning!!
So tell me, how did you get into doing what you love?