FLOURISH Diane Krys, 2013, rug hooking,knitting, needle felting
A few encouraging words can go a long way. The launch of this new blog is proof. I never thought of myself as a writer of any kind and the idea that I would voluntarily want to write seemed as unlikely as suddenly wanting to become a surgeon when I can barely get through a routine blood test. The first time I ever felt compelled to write was after a rug hooking workshop with an artist who’s work captured my imagination. The experience was enlightening and inspiring beyond my expectations. I found words welling up inside me to the point where I had to write to release the flood. I sent her an email and cringed the moment I did at what I fool I was to share such thoughts with someone I barely knew. Clearly, I had lost my mind.
To my great relief she was kind and generous in her reply. Over the next few years we sporadically exchanged a few thoughts and ideas. During one of these lovely, random exchanges, she took me by surprise and asked if I would like to be the first guest writer on her popular rug hooking blog. I don’t think I slept at all the night before my first post was to appear. It turned out to be a wonderful watershed moment and I was delighted to continue as a regular guest writer.
With a few guest posts under my belt I decided to take my first writing workshop. I found myself in the company of a talented Canadian author and instructor. I was a fish out of water and I believe she sensed my apprehensions. She offered to look at a piece of my writing on her lunch break and give me feedback privately. She liked the piece and asked if I would share it with the group the next day. I could feel my face flush and turn red when the time came to read it aloud. My breathing was irregular because I was fighting the staccato creeping into my voice. By the last line I was almost out of breath from trying so hard not to lose my way. Despite this awkwardness, I left the workshop feeling light and effervescent with possibility. A new door opened inside me thanks again to a few words of encouragement.
It’s such a gift when the right people with the right words intersect your life at the right moment. I’m happy to say I continue to write for Deanne Fitzpatrick’s blog on the 10th(ish) of each month and I’m an official Kim Echlin groupie having taken two writing classes with her with hopes to take more when the opportunity presents itself.
I’m a fibre artist, design junkie, and collector of strange beauty. I buy too many art books and I’m fascinated by the creative process. I like good eats, including a never ending pursuit for the best potato pancake and cinnamon bun. I’m a keener for stimulating and creative workshops. I have a constant craving to learn and experience new things. I welcome you to this new chapter in my creative writing journey where I can share all the things that shape the artist I am and will become. I thank you for being here with me as I make my first official post on my new blog and website. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts-I’ll be listening. I’m still figuring out my blogging schedule but I hope you stayed tuned so we can connect again.